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Swainson’s Hawks poised to return to the Centennial State

One of my favorite seasonal visitors. I had hoped to spot the first of the season this past weekend but had no such luck. However, it won’t be long till I see them. This particular one is one I captured an image of last spring.

These beautiful raptors are found across the American West during the summer months. They arrive in such numbers that they become almost more common than the ubiquitous Red Tailed Hawk. It is here that they will mate and have young before heading south to Argentina for the winter, one of the longest migrations of any raptor.

A Swainson's Hawk keeps close watch while perched on a fence on the Colorado plains. (© Tony’s Takes)

A Swainson’s Hawk keeps close watch while perched on a fence on the Colorado plains. (© Tony’s Takes)

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