Just to be clear, I was very surprised to see the 2 broadwings. But one of
the birds was calling so it was pretty obvious.
I just happened to be cleaning up the walkway of a bit of slush and got
lucky to see them. They were gone on the winds in minutes.
Here's the chart and map on eBird for the last 5 springs.
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On Thu, Mar 24, 2011 at 10:59 AM, Jane Stein <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Be real careful about identifying Broad-Winged hawks this early in the
> spring. The regular hawkwatches down in southern Texas have only just
> started to see a handful of birds coming across the border from Mexico.
> Years of radar studies there confirm the bulk of the migration crosses the
> border over only a few weeks from late March into early April. Not to say
> there can't be a few "early birds," but just to be aware they're still
> really rare this far north until well into April.
> For folks who may not be aware-- the entire population of Broad-Wings picks
> up more or less at once in the fall and entirely vacates the continent for
> their wintering grounds in northern South America and Central America, and
> comes back in the spring in the same way, pretty much all at once.