[CT Birds] Boston Hollow (Ashford) Broad-winged Hawk nest update as of 7-28-17

Mntncougar at aol.com Mntncougar at aol.com
Sat Jul 29 23:13:14 EDT 2017

A little over a week ago I sent a post about a  Broad-winged Hawk nest 
which I discovered in July 10th. Here's my original  post:
"On July 10th I found a Broad-winged Hawk nest with 1 chick in  it. A that 
time it was quite young, with an all white downy head, although the  body 
appeared to be more like juvenile plumage. The nest was near the road but  at 
least 100 feet up in the notch of a deciduous tree, and extremely hard  to 
I was led to the area by the mother who I heard screaming for  at least 20 
minutes before I went looking. By luck, when I finally got to the  spot she 
came flying through the forest and went straight to the nest, and after  
some searching I spotted it. She continued calling from a tree about 200 feet  
from the nest, so I set up my recorder and let it run for about 20 minutes. 
It  was a windy day with quite a bit of aircraft traffic, so the recording 
is noisy,  but a very good example of the Broad-wing call/song, even though 
boring and  repetitious. The recording below is a 2 minute + excerpt.  
Pictures include  the chick taken 9 days apart. 
To date, mom and nestling are still doing  well."
I didn't look the 2nd time  until July 19, and I also  included pics of the 
nestling with my post from that date.
I checked again a week later, on the 26th, partially because I  saw an 
adult Broad-wing sitting on a snag in a field about 300 yards from  the nest and 
was fairly sure it would be the mother. When I  looked at the  nest the 
juvie was there, so  I got my camera and took 3 pictures of him  staring back 
at me , before, to my astonishment, he flapped his wings and  then took off, 
going quite a distance before settling in another tree. I had no  idea he 
(it) would fledge so quickly. I suspect that may have been the first day  but 
not first flight. 
I stopped again on the 28th and he was not in the nest, but I  heard him 
call, and a few minutes later he was 125 feet or so up in a pine tree  near 
by. He called for help from mom intermittently but stayed put so I  could get 
some decent pictures of him, as well as record his calls. I did hear a  
distant Broad-wing call but I can't say it was the mother because it never came  
near the nest while I was there. 
For  reference, I found a an obvious juvenile sitting in a  tree and 
calling on August 1, 2014, and I think that bird was a little older  than this one 
and away from the nest, so the dates are pretty  close.
I have included the same links as in the original post, but I  have added 
pictures and the call of the juvie as well. To me, the difference in  the 
bird from the 10th to the 28th is amazing. He had a downy white head then  and 
even somewhat on the 19th. I didn't realize that raptors mature that  
quickly. Perhaps it's because Broad-wings are smaller than RT or RS  Hawks.
Hopefully you will  be able to access the files in these  folders; If not 
let me know and I'll try a different way. If it asks you to sign  in just 
click the x in the upper right corner. 
If you view the pictures, the title and date of them appears in  the upper 
left corner if you do NOT use the full screen option, so you can  compare 
the juvenile at different dates.
Folder of pics of Mom BW and chick
Songs, in folder

Don Morgan
Coventry,  Ct

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