Broad-winged Hawks now migrating north

This morning I saw my first northward-migrating hawks of the year, over the house here in San Antonio. It was a small group of about 18 Broad-winged Hawks (Buteo platypterus) accompanied only by one or two vultures, presumably local birds. None of the larger Swainson’s Hawks (Buteo swainsoni) were present that often accompany such groups.

Esta mañana vi por primera vez este año un grupo de gavilanes que migraba hacia el norte. Se trataba de unos 18 Gavilanes Polleros (Buteo platypterus) que aquí en San Antonio sobrevolaban la casa dando vueltas. Los acompañaban solamente un par de zopilotes, supongo que individuos no migratorios. No estaba presente ningún Gavilán de Swainson (Buteo swainsoni) una especie más grande que suele acompañar estos grupos migratorios.

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Broad-winged Hawk, wintering in Costa Rica

After the Roadside Hawk (Buteo magnirostris), the Broad-winged is perhaps the hawk most commonly encountered in our area during the northern winter. It is resident here only during those months. Friend Karel Straatman’s archive photo below shows a perched adult bird.

Aparte del Gavilán Chapulinero (Buteo magnirostris), el platypterus es tal vez el gavilán con el cual se topa más comunmente en nuestra área durante el invierno norteño. Es residente en Costa Rica sólo durante aquellos meses. La foto del archivo del amigo Karel Straatman muestra un individuo adulto perchado.

 

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