A couple of weeks ago we put up a post entitled Help With Hawk Identification. Thanks to our readers, the consensus seems to be that Marg & Alan saw a dark morph, juvenile (1st year) Swainson’s Hawk.
Jeff Reid pointed out that the Sibley’s Guide to Birds of Western North America has a drawing that looks just like our bird. The book also states that dark morph Swainson’s are uncommon, covering only about 10% of the population.
While many of us couldn’t identify this hawk when we first saw it, thanks to our faithful blog readers, I bet we’ll know it next time!