Bird #135 — Broad-winged Hawk

buteo (hawk) platypterus (from platys, broad, and pteron, wing)

Thursday, May 1, 1980 — 4:45 pm

Deerfield, Illinois

I was standing on a dirt hill by the baseball diamond looking at my lifer Lark Sparrow when I saw this Broad-winged Hawk.  It was flying over, emerging from over the nearby trees heading northwest.  It continued on over the field in a direct, flapping flight, only coasting occasionally for short distances.  I watched the hawk until it disappeared.  When I looked back to where the Lark Sparrow had been, it was also gone.

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