Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Broad-winged Hawks Nesting in San Jose

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Today I discovered that we have a hawk family nesting in the tall palm tree on our street.  It was quite a sight.  I took these pictures this morning.  I tried to identify them and as best as I can tell they are Broad-winged Hawks.

Can anyone verify?

2 comments:

SeanZ said...

Hi Richard:
I think its a Coopers Hawk since their range includes this area. See: http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Coopers_Hawk/id
The Broad-winged Hawk it typically on in Eastern US. See: http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Broad-winged_Hawk/id
On this site you can play the audio of their call - that might help identify it.

Richard Treadway said...

Thank Sean. Looking at the photos closely we determined it is most likely a Red Shouldered Hawk.
http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Red-shouldered_Hawk/lifehistory