23-B-2019 Broad-winged Hawk
This bird was in the area from 9/2/19 throught 9/5/19. On 9/6/19 a front moved in and it rained from 6 am until late that night. The raptor has not been seen since.
Original ebird checklist from 9/4/19 is https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S59510278
FIRST ROUND VOTING:
Description and photos support Broad-winged Hawk.
photos and description confirm the identification
The photos were very convincing.
Description and photograph support Broad-winged Hawk and eliminate similar species.
Unfortunately a lightly written report with no comparative analysis to similar species, particularly with Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus). The excellent photos were very helpful in reviewing this record, though have to be honest, a few marks concern me – speckled scapulars and upper wing coverts, apparent light bases of outer primaries (upper and lower), and barring on underside of secondaries (all plumage features of a Red-shouldered). This said, the “jizz” of this bird is good for Broad-winged Hawk (B. platypterus) – short tail, chunky build, big head, broad wing base, and pointed wing tips (also mentioned by observer). Plumage wise, the clean white belly, little streaking of the central breast, and relatively even pale/dark tail banding also point to this being a good identification.
Excellent diagnostic photos
Good photos of an immature Broad-winged