One of our maintenance guys reported a possible Swainson's hawk at Sherburne
today, saying it had been around since Tuesday. Our biologist saw it and
thought that's what it was too - but she doesn't have a lot of experience with
this species. I went looking early in the afternoon and couldn't find it, but
on the way home late this afternoon saw a couple of hawks soaring at a long
distance. One was very obviously a red-tailed, but the other one was a
different shape - very Swainson's-looking to me, but I could only see silhouette
and no color at all, so that's just a guess. Swainson's were common where I
lived in Utah. It has the right shape (in silhouette), but I know it can be
deceiving as well, especially today with the winds we had, and terrible light.
SO, if anyone is driving along County Roads 5 or 9 (the NW part of the refuge)
over the weekend, please watch - see if you can help us out. There are quite a
few red-tailed hawks in the area as well, and one is very light - no obvious
belly band of any kind, makes you look twice. I also saw the refuge's first
spring kestrel on the way home tonight.
Where are the bluebirds?
Sherburne NWR and Avon, Stearns Co.
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