Thousands of birders gather to watch the annual fall migration of broad-winged hawks. They start in September in New England, traveling down the Appalachian ridges on their way to their wintering. A very small buteo (any of various broad-winged, soaring hawks of the genus Buteo), the Broad-winged Hawk has a dark brown back and a light breast and belly. The adult has reddish horizontal barring underneath while the immature bird’s barring runs vertically and is browner.
The Broad-winged hawk is a small bird of prey found in the Americas. As in most raptors, females are slightly larger than males. Broad-winged hawks' wings are relatively short and broad with a tapered, somewhat pointed appearance. Adult birds are dark brown with a white belly and chest containing horizontal barring. One of the greatest spectacles of migration is a swirling flock of Broad-winged Hawks on their way to South America. Also known as “kettles,” flocks can contain thousands of circling birds that evoke a vast cauldron being stirred with an invisible spoon. A small, stocky raptor with black-and-white bands on the tail, the Broad-winged Hawk is a bird of the forest interior and can be hard to.
Nov 13, · A small hawk, common in eastern woodlands in summer. Staying around the edges of forest, Broad-wings are often not very noticeable during the breeding season, but they form spectacular concentrations when they migrate.