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Caballo Lake SP--Percha Recreation Area, Sierra County, New Mexico, US ( Map ) ( Hotspot )
Date and Effort
Sat Apr 17, 2010 10:30 AM
Party Size:
1 hour(s), 15 minute(s)
Area: 25.0 ac
Michael Hilchey
Broad-winged Hawk seen flying over the river. Lighting was really bad but the bird was a small hawk with a short tail and very broad wings. The tail was dark with one very obvious white bar through the center and a much less distinct white bar very near the base of the tail. The lighting made the bird look almost gray above (in fact it was initially called a gray hawk) but it was seen in good light briefly and appeared much more brown and not gray. The underside was difficult to distinguish but it looked like it had dark barring throughout the breast and most of the belly. Again, it was difficult to asses color from below but the one obvious mark that could be seen was a dark terminal edge to the entire wing. Because of the pattern on the breast, I would guess that this was an adult bird. Tail pattern rules out similar species such as Red-shouldered Hawk and Gray Hawk

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