Swainson's hawk

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Chris September 09, at In southern Alberta, different nesting habitats help reduce food competition, with Swainson's hawk favoring areas with scattered trees or riparian borders, while red-tailed hawks nest in stands of tall trees, and ferruginous hawks nest on the open plains.

One species has been recorded in Illinois. When I arrived in Columbus and told my family about my experience, my daughter-in-law Googled for information and found this website.

We have had one of these perching in oak trees in our back yard this week and also first thought white owl.

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Retrieved 17 July It is solid white, it flew to a distant tree, I took another picture, but not as nice as the first one. It stood still until we were close enough we could have tackled it of course we didn't and would never. This species was historically placed in the wood-warblers Parulidae but nonetheless most authorities were unsure if it belonged there. Seen it at 3: Journal of Raptor Research. When sharing a grove with nesting great horned owls , the hawks suffer much egg loss due to owl predation.

The Hawk must be making his way South because we were lucky enough to see the raptor on October 2nd and 3rd in South Routt County. So amazing!

That's no Snowy Owl... It's a Leucistic Red-Tailed Hawk!

Genus Species extinctions: Was circling over an intersection at Indian hill and Arrow. We didn't know what it was, but I put my 16 year old grandson on it and he had an answer within just minutes.

In July, rising canyon temperatures make prey scarce, so many birds of prey migrate away. First Name January 07, at In Oregon, Swainson's hawk selects nesting trees having a different configuration than those used by red-tailed or ferruginous hawks.

Swainson's hawk - Wikipedia

Having the largest wingspan-to-body-weight ratio of any bird, they are essentially aerial, able to stay aloft for more than a week. I saw one of these beauties as well on the fence at my job.

One was in my backyard on October 7. These birds are adapted to an aquatic existence with webbed feet, bills which are flattened to a greater or lesser extent, and feathers that are excellent at shedding water due to special oils.

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There is also some evidence that road-killed birds and animals are also consumed both on the wintering grounds and on the breeding grounds.

I knew this was no barn or snowy owl! Try to identify the owl silhouetted in the picture at left.