[CT Birds] Injured Swainson's Hawk in rehab

Steve Mayo and Rebecca Horowitz rsdmayo at sbcglobal.net
Thu Oct 5 20:37:02 EDT 2017

Thanks for posting, Nick.  

For those unfamiliar with this fall vagrant, it's rather easy to identify in CT.  Even the paler light ("phase", "morph") Swanson's juveniles have dark primaries and contrasting pale coverts.  If you see one fairly close, your immediate impression is almost a "photo negative" of an Eastern Buteo such as Broad-winged, Red-tailed or Red-shouldered. From beneath, the front portion of the wing is light, but that back portion - the flight feathers - are dark(er).  

Our common Eastern Buteos always show fairly pale flight feathers from below.  You'll notice that something seems horribly awry and then it's time focus on some of the more subtle field marks.  

So 'tis the season, look out for those dark flight feathers!

Steve Mayo

      From: Nick Bonomo via CTBirds <ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org>
 To: CTBirds <ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org> 
 Sent: Thursday, October 5, 2017 7:58 PM
 Subject: [CT Birds] Injured Swainson's Hawk in rehab
Hi all,

A first year SWAINSON'S HAWK was apparently recovered yesterday in
Canterbury, CT, is ill, and has been transported to Massachusetts for
rehab. No word on the bird's current state of health, though it was
described as thin/emaciated.

Of note, there have been at least two (perhaps three) Swainson's Hawks seen
over the past few weeks in the Quebec-New Brunswick region. One of them,
last seen near the New Brunswick-Maine border heading south on Sep 30,
could be the bird that was picked up in CT. Another is still in Quebec as
of yesterday.

Nick Bonomo
Wallingford, CT
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