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MyStory: I did NOT see a Broadwing

In an earlier post, I described my stalking of a juvenile Broadwing Hawk.  I wanted to see one so badly…but around here in northeastern Pennsylvania, late August and early September is Broadwing migration season, where huge kettles can form over mountain slopes as the hawks catch airstreams south.  So watching this singular young’un day after day circle with a stick in its talon or perching on a play set kree kree kreee-ing didn’t match seasonal behaviors.

My curiosity, and birder integrity, demanded that I reexamine my ID.

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I do affirm that I have been listening and watching a juvenile raptor.  But that belly band and the striped tail are indicative of a young Red-Tailed Hawk.

Lesson learned.

The next time I think I have an unusual spotting, I will ask myself “why is it NOT a Red-Tailed Hawk” instead of the brain freezing question “WHAT IS IT?”

 

By Kay Strickland

I am a keeper of my family's lore, chasing after my ancestors' tales in south central New York, southwestern Pennsylvania and Southside Virginia. The stories and photographs that I share on this blog are my intellectual property. While I do my very best to provide well researched posts, I do not pretend to have reached genealogical proof standards. Therefore, much of this work is to generate conversation among interested parties. If you would like to share my work or my records, please contact me: dkaysdays (at) gmail (dot) com.

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