Broad Wing Hawk
by Lisa Birtch
(London, Ontario, Canada)
I was waiting to post this until I got confirmation of my sighting from e-bird Canada (a reporting sight where bird watchers go to let others know what is happening), but since someone else just reported a sighting, I thought I'd do it now.
I saw this Hawk at Fanshawe Dam here in London on February 7th.
At first I thought it was a Coopers or a Sharp Shinned Hawk - they are all very similar, but after comparing the photos with bird ID programs, I decided it was a Broad Winged Hawk.
Apparently they are not supposed to be here yet - they migrate south for the winter. That makes both this sighting and the one that was reported earlier today significant - I think it means that spring is getting ready to, well, spring!
I am attaching a couple of photos. They aren't very sharp, but they are good enough to see the bird!Thanks again Lisa, for your great report and pictures, I'm sure our Canadian readers will be delighted to know that spring can't be far off!
I will also post this on our facebook page.