New Mexico Birds: Accipitriformes

 

This page is under construction. Accipitriformes includes hawks, eagles, and kites. Hover over a photo series to control the images.


Accipitridae: Cooper's Hawk (Accipiter cooperii)

For my blog about a close encounter with Cooper's Hawks, click here.

 

Accipitridae: Red-Tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)

This immature Red-Tailed Hawk was perched at the top of a low bluff, keeping an eye out for breakfast.

 

Accipitridae: Broad-Winged Hawk? (Buteo platypterus?)

Broad-Winged Hawk, Buteo platypterus, New Mexico
Rio Grande, Albuquerque, May 2016

I'm calling this a possible broad-winged hawk based in part on the single broad white band on the underside of the tail. It's not a good photo but if you look behind the hawk, you can see a coyote on the west bank of the Rio Grande.

 

Accipitridae: Swainson's Hawk (Buteo swainsoni)

If you've been to Mesa del Sol, you know that aside from limited development, it's a treeless piece of high desert. Which is the kind of open space where Swainson's Hawks prefer to hunt. I saw this one sitting on top of a light pole. Two of the pictures are a bit fuzzy but show this hawk's white face.

 

Accipitridae: Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)

For a brief YouTube video featuring this bald eagle, please click here.