Hi everyone! Our bird today is the broad-winged hawk. This hawk is a little larger than a crow and breeds across the eastern half of the U.S. and across Canada in nearly every province. Out in western Canada they breed quite far north but not so in eastern Canada. They prefer deciduous or mixed forests and usually close to some kind of clearing or near a lake or river. Mostly they eat small rodents such as mice, but will go after a wide range of prey including insects, chipmunks, squirrels and small birds. They generally nest about 10 to 30 feet off the ground and the nest can be up to 20 inches (50cm across). Most winter from southern Mexico to S. America. They have broad black and white bands on their tails and very broad wings, making them easy to identify while soaring. In fall migration they can fly in flocks, called kettles, of several thousand birds. They are usually our last hawk to arrive here in the north, normally late April to early May. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and God bless!
Steve and Muffin.
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