27 September, 2010

Broad-winged Hawk

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.

07 September, 2010

Burrowing Owl

Scientific Name: Athene cunicularia

Population Estimate: 2M

Range / Habitat: Year-round throughout the American Southwest, and parts of South America. Summers in the American West and winters in Mexico. Builds or inhabits burrows on the ground.

Field Notes: Small owl with no ear tufts. Bars on front, spots on back. Found on open ground as in the photo above.

Personal Notes: Thanks to Birdchick for this photo!