Monday, July 15, 2013

Raptor of the Week: Broad-Winged Hawk

Broad-winged Hawk
Buteo platypterus

This midsize buteo is a common migrant but a rare nester in Iowa. During
migration, it can move in large flocks of two to three thousand birds or more.
It nests sparsely across the state, usually in deep woodlands. Iowa birds are
gone by mid to late October and are virtually unknown in the state after that.

The Raptors of Iowa , paintings by James F. Landenberger

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