Swainson's Hawks wintering in the U.S.

posted by Jerry Liguori at
on Friday, January 31, 2014 

Brought on by a few recent conversations, I thought I would post this note. It is well known that Swainson's Hawks and Broad-winged Hawks migrate to Central and South America to spend the winter months. But, not all Broad-winged and Swainson's make it that far south. A small number spend the winter in southern Florida, and from southern Texas to southern California. So, don't be surprised if you are in those areas during winter and see a Broad-winged Hawk (usually juveniles are seen) or Swainson's Hawk (usually juveniles in Florida and Texas, but a mix of ages are seen in California), and I say usually for a reason. Here are a few Swainson's Hawk pics ('click' to enlarge)...they'll be everywhere in the West in a few months!
Blogger Dick Ashford said...

Thanks, Jerry. I didn't know of the southern CA Swainson's Hawks, but there used to be a small wintering population in the Sacramento Delta, northeast of San Francisco. I haven't birded there in a few years, but I suspect they are still around. Nice images!

January 31, 2014 at 11:00 PM  
Blogger JanJ said...

Hi Jerry!
Just wanna mention what a great site this is and which I often visit!



February 2, 2014 at 5:28 AM  
Blogger Jerry Liguori said...

Thank you JanJ, I am glad you like it! Feedback like that keeps me blogging, please comment as often as you like.

And thanks Dick!

February 2, 2014 at 6:51 AM  
Anonymous T.B. said...

I had no idea Swainson's were in the US in winter, I learn something every time I check in here Jerry. Thanks.

February 2, 2014 at 8:08 AM  
Blogger Jerry Liguori said...

Thank you T.B.

February 2, 2014 at 9:43 AM  
Blogger Daniel O'Malley said...

Southern Louisiana also has quite a few winter records of both species.

February 2, 2014 at 11:51 AM  
Blogger Jerry Liguori said...

Thank you Daniel!

I meant to say FL to Texas for both and TX to AZ for SWHA.

February 2, 2014 at 12:04 PM  
Blogger Jerry Liguori said...

And Daniel -- please keep on commenting!!!

February 2, 2014 at 12:04 PM  
Blogger Shyloh Monster said...

Thanks for the tips Jerry. I had a bit of confusion when I saw Swainson's and Broad-winged hawks in Florida last March. Needless to say, I was happy to see them so early in the year.

February 2, 2014 at 2:01 PM  
Blogger Jerry Liguori said...

Cool learn a lot travelling. It's made me an all-around better hawk watcher!

February 2, 2014 at 2:24 PM  

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