I have not had much chance to do a post – but this little note might start me up again.
We have had a pair of Broad-winged Hawks (Buteo platypterus) nesting in the yard, or neighborhood, for a few years. Mostly they are quiet neighbors and seen infrequently once the eggs are laid. However this year there are two youngsters and the adult(s) have been strafing the area for well over a month as the youngsters slowly develop survival skills. The parent birds fly down from a tree perch and sweep over your head ruffling your hair. They have been doing this much longer that they should. Usually the young are out of the nest and on branches for a week or so and the adults patrol the area. But this has gone on for a rather long time. Perhaps the young are slow learners….
The Broad-wing is a small forest hawk that migrates well south of the US in the off season. In April’s past I have seen them in the tens of thousands migrating north back into the US to breed, crossing down near the Rio Grande River along the Texas/Mexico border. Once back in the woodlands where they will nest they are usually inconspicuous and quiet. Even when they are calling and making noise they are generally squeaky and high pitched; a sound often overlooked in the woods.