Today was a pretty slow day for the scanning project.  We wrapped up our sample of broad-winged hawks (Buteo platypterus), and started on Swainson's hawks (Buteo swainsoni).  I don't think it's really necessary to include the broad-wings here, again, but I love Swainson's hawks.  They were the "summer hawks" when I lived in Laramie, replaced by rough-legged hawks (Buteo lagopus) during the winter.  The Swainson's overwinter in South America, and the rough-legs travel far north into Canada during the summer.  Red tailed hawks (Buteo jamaicensis) are year-round residents in Laramie, and absolutely ubiquitous around here in N.C.  And, on another positive note, I have already scanned a bunch of rough-legs and red tails, so with this post, I am working on reducing the backlog of species to post!

Soaring Swainson's hawk ( Buteo swainsoni ).  The dark bib and dark trailing edges of the wings are the telltale marks of a Swainson's.  Photo credit:  Steven Mlodinow via Macauley Library .

Soaring Swainson's hawk (Buteo swainsoni).  The dark bib and dark trailing edges of the wings are the telltale marks of a Swainson's.  Photo credit: Steven Mlodinow via Macauley Library.

The winter hawk, a rough-legged hawk ( Buteo lagopus ). The dark carpal patches and belly band are their diagnostic features.  Photo credit:  Rodney Crice via Macauley Library .

The winter hawk, a rough-legged hawk (Buteo lagopus). The dark carpal patches and belly band are their diagnostic features.  Photo credit: Rodney Crice via Macauley Library.

Apparently, this red tailed hawk ( Buteo jamaicensis ) spotted the camera!  Dark shoulder patches, and of course (sometimes), the brilliant rust-red tail are diagnostic of this species.  Photo credit:  Brian Sullivan via Macauley Library .

Apparently, this red tailed hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) spotted the camera!  Dark shoulder patches, and of course (sometimes), the brilliant rust-red tail are diagnostic of this species.  Photo credit: Brian Sullivan via Macauley Library.

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