Broad-winged Hawk

Buteo platypterus

ML130796701


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Carl Lundblad
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eBird Checklist S50900117
Hells Gate SP
Nez Perce, Idaho, United States
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Latitude and Longitude 46.3622, -117.0597 Map

Age
Unknown
Sex
Unknown
Behaviors
Breeding
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Observation details

I was heading back to my truck when I encountered this bird perched in a shrub on the river bank near the amphitheater. I snapped a few photos before it flew south along the river. I caught back up with it and viewed it perched 2 additional times. The third time, it flushed, flew up high, circled a couple of times, and disappeared onto the Washington side of the river. I immediately knew this was either a Red-shouldered or a Broad-winged Hawk. Several features including the mostly horizontal red barring, dark trailing edge to the lower wing and thicker black than white bands on the tail made me initially think broad-winged, but I talked myself out of it because that would be so incredibly unlikely in late December. Neil Paprocki relocated it in Washington on Dec. 28, obtained better photos, and definitively IDed the bird as a Broad-winged. We will both submit documentation to the Idaho Bird Records Committee.

Technical Information

Model
Canon PowerShot SX20 IS
f-stop
f/5.7
Focal length
100 mm
Shutter speed
0.01 sec
ISO
200
Flash
Flash did not fire, auto
Original file size
2,077KB
Dimensions
4000 x 3000

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