Breaking Raptor News

Staten Island’s wharf rats have met their match. A juvenile Swainson’s Hawk (Buteo swainsoni) was spotted Sunday on Front Street by the S.I. Railroad’s big car maintenance building. The bird was in the same area Monday, when I took these pictures.

Those long primaries! (They edge just past the tail.)

Swainson’s are a fairly common raptor west of the Mississippi. From there they typically migrate to Argentina for the non-breeding season. So this one is way off base. There have only been a handful of New York state sightings over the years.

(If you’re on ebird, you can scan the rare bird alerts to be updated, more or less, on the bird’s presence.)

4 Responses to “Breaking Raptor News”


  1. 1 Chuck McAlexander January 10, 2023 at 7:45 am

    The Swainson’s is banded. Anybody able to read the band?

  2. 4 josecondemusic January 10, 2023 at 7:58 am

    This is the best kind of news alert. Thank you so much Matthew. Happy new year to you and yours.


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