This presumably female Broad-Winged Hawk has gotten our hopes up. We’ve seen her several times this week near a historic raptors’ nest.
In June of 2017, a pair of BWHs successfully raised four of the cutest raptors you’ll ever see in that secluded nest.
Female BWHs are the primary movers in selecting and building sturdy nests, although males have been known to help in the summer construction.
They usually nest in dense woods, where they can better protect their eggs and fledglings from raccoons, porcupines, owls, other hawks, and crows. Initially, they’ll hunt with their offspring in those woods and around field and pond edges for frogs, toads, snakes, small rodents, and large insects.