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2009-07-22 13:37:49

Home mail delivery by Canada Post is suspended in a part of Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, because of a dive-bombing hawk that targets pedestrians. In mid-May a letter carrier told a supervisor he had been attacked several times by the Swainson's hawk, which is guarding its nest in a spruce tree, the Globe and Mail reported. The supervisor accompanied the carrier on the morning of May 29 and delivery service was suspended immediately afterward, the report said. The supervisor actually had to dive...

2008-10-29 00:00:12

Wildlands, Inc. is pleased to announce the opening of Laguna Terrace East Conservation Bank in Sacramento County, California. The 200-acre Laguna Terrace East Conservation Bank will permanently preserve habitat for endangered and threatened vernal pool species and the state threatened Swainson's hawk. Conservation bank credits are available now to be purchased by the development community and public sector to fulfill obligations required under federal, state, and county regulations such...

2008-08-07 06:00:22

By Ed Fletcher, The Sacramento Bee, Calif. Aug. 7--At 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, a valley oak labeled with spray paint as No. "124" fell to the earth with a mighty thud. It wasn't the first tree to fall, nor was it the last. The 60- to 70-year-old oak was one of 148 trees that Sacramento County is under court order to remove from county land alongside the privately owned Rancho Murieta airport. With the trees gone, the airport will be allowed to let night landings resume. As the chain...

2007-10-29 18:00:00

The rapid expansion of wind energy farms in the Columbia River Gorge's shrub steppes could put hawks, eagles and other raptors on a collision course with fields of giant turbines and their 150-foot blades. By year's end, more than 1,500 turbines will be churning out electricity in the gorge, a windy corridor at the forefront of a nationwide effort to produce cleaner energy. Until now, most of the projects have gone up in wheat fields -- cultivated land that long ago drove away the rodents...


Latest Swainson's Hawk Reference Libraries

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2008-08-08 14:44:01

Swainson's Warbler (Limnothlypis swainsonii), is a small species of New World warbler. It is monotypic, the only member of the genus Limnothlypis. They are an uncommon species, mostly found in flooded swamplands and canebrakes of the south-eastern United States. More rarely, they will also occur in rhododendron thickets in the southern Appalachian mountains. They are a migratory species, with part of the population migrating southeastwards to the Greater Antilles and the other southwestwards...

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2009-03-25 18:27:30

The Harris Hawk (Parabuteo unicinctus) is a bird of prey found from southwestern USA south to Chile and central Argentina. There are three subspecies: P. u. superior from Baja California, Arizona, Sonora, and Sinaloa, P. u. harrisi from Texas, eastern Mexico, and much of Central America, and P. u. unicinctus from South America. Its habitat is sparse woodland and semi-desert, marshes (with some trees) in some parts of its range, and mangrove swamps in South America. The Harris Hawk is a...

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2006-03-06 10:17:24

The Hawaiian Hawk or 'Io (Buteo solitarius) is a buzzard native to Hawaii. It is the only hawk that occurs in Hawaii and is known to only breed on the Big Island. The species is protected as endangered in the United States however the IUCN classifies the species as near threatened. The Hawaiian Hawk measures 16-18 inches in length and females are larger than the males. Two color phases exist: a dark phase (dark brown head, breast, and underwings), and a light color phase (dark head, light...

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2006-03-06 09:33:11

The Swainson's Hawk (Buteo swainsoni) is a large hawk named after William Swainson, a British naturalist. It is found on prairies and in dry grasslands throughout the western plains of North America. This hawk requires trees for nesting and is therefore found around aspen groves, rivers, streams and farmlands. It prefers wild prairie, hayfields, and pastures instead of wheat fields and alfalfa fields which may offer its prey too much cover. It requires elevated perches for hunting and a...

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2006-03-01 15:40:52

The Broad-winged Hawk (Buteo platypterus) is a small hawk found in wooded areas in eastern North America. They are long distance migrants (traveling in large flocks) and spend their winters in Central and South America. Adults have short broad wings, dark brown upperparts and evenly-spaced black and white bands on the tail. There are two color forms: Light morph birds are pale on the underparts and underwing. They have thick red bars on the belly. Dark morph birds are a darker brown on...

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