Scientific Name: Buteo platypterus
Population Estimate: 1.8M, Least Concern status
Range / Habitat: Summers throughout deciduous forests in the eastern United States. Winters in Central American and northern South America.
Field Notes: Medium-sized, stocky, forest-dwelling hawk. Reddish barred underparts. Pale wings with dark trailing edge white single to multiple white band across dark tail when seen in flight. Forms large kettles in migration. Red-tailed Hawk has pale chest with dark belly band and red tail in flight. Cooper's Hawk and Sharp-shinned Hawk are accipiters and have relatively long tails and short wings.
Personal Notes: First seen at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, later the Fontanelle Forest in Omaha.