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Kansans were still reporting Broad-winged Hawk flights this week.

Edge Wade
Columbia, MO
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On Oct 23, 2009, at 11:36 AM, Larry Olpin wrote:

> A few days ago I posted a possible sighting of Broad-winged Hawks  
> over my
> yard.  Almost immediately I got two responses. One was "wow" tell  
> me what
> you hear from others and the other was that I was probably mistaken  
> because
> it was too late in the season. I've heard nothing since. At stake  
> here is the
> integrity of my yard list, which may not be of much importance to  
> anyone but
> me, but I would like more imput.
>
> Here is what I saw: A flock of 15 to 20 birds flew overhead in a  
> loose and
> undulating pattern.  I had no binoculars, but they were quite  
> close. I saw
> mostly shapes.  They were stocky with broad wings and smallish  
> heads. It
> took a second or two, but Broad-winged Hawk came stongly to mind.   
> I was
> bothered by the longish thin tail. Later in checking the guides, I  
> found
> conformation for the tail shape.  For example, Pete Dunne in his  
> "Essential
> Field Guide Companion" says "in a glide, the tail may seem  
> exceedingly narrow
> and accipiter-like." I couldn't help remembering the first time I  
> saw a Broad-
> winged Hawk in the woods with the local ornithologist from the  
> University. He
> announced "Broad-winged Hawk" and I thought he didn't even look at  
> it.  I did
> get a good look then, and now I want to think the shape was the  
> same one I
> saw in my yard this week.
>
> I want to change one arrogant comment from my earlier post.  No one  
> has
> to "prove" anything to me, but I would very much like some more  
> feedback.
> My, isn't mobirds a good thing?
>
>
> Thanks,
>
> Larry Olpin
> Warrensburg, MO
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