> While Birding today:
> I was in Pownal at a Dept of Fish and Wildlife Management area, trying to spot a Warbling Vireo in a tree without success, when
> something made me look up...straight up.
> There way, way up were 5 circling birds.... Turkey Vultures? My 1st thought, Nope .... not , Raptors! Buteos!
> What kind....they were way up and directly overhead...Aha.... 4 of them seem to be Broad-Wing Hawks...what is the 5th?
> Don't know.... too high... a Red Shouldered Hawk? a Red Tail?.....
> Anyway two of them start "playing" swoop and twirl, swoop and twirl ... they get higher and: Whoa! A 6th Bird joins the kettle,
> It circles once and then glides majestically away south..... It's a Juvenile Bald Eagle! (no white on head or tail probably a 1st year?)
> oh.... it has an escort.... another raptor: #7 .... This looks to be an Accipiter. A Coopers? A Sharp -Shin? again, can't say too high.
> The 5 in the original group head out of view north.
> I simply grin and say "Wow"!
So.... my questions: Were these young Broad-wings?
Could the "play" between 2 of them be courtship?
What are the chances of seeing 7 Raptors of at least 3 different kinds, in Bennington in June at the same time ?