> A question .... is it mutually exclusive ..... Broad wings OR Red tails
> ???? It seems to me that Broad wings should be here all summer long
> but they just plain aren't.
One explanation is that Broadies don't typically soar to look for food or
advertise territory the way Red-Tails do. Broad-wings are mostly forest
birds, while Red-Tails are open-country birds. I see thousands of BWs every
fall on the hawkwatch, but most years I never see a single one outside of
that. They're there, but their habits keep them away from human eyes most
of the time.
I was once told that before the Veracruz hawkwatch was established, the best
experts' guess on the total population of BWs was half a million. And then
Veracruz counted something like two million their first year.
Still, the first BW I ever saw in my life was cruising over a pasture
complex in Cuttingsville.
(Arlington, MA, but soon to be somewhere in Vermont)