Large, slim hawk
Long, pointed wings
Dark flight feathers
Dark brown upperparts
White belly and underwings
Dark head with white surrounding bill, extending down to throat and up to eyes
|Tail has about six narrow dark bands and one wider sub-terminal band|
Dark brown overall
Reddish-brown belly and underwings
Listen to its call.
This hawk was flying fairly low over a field at Rocky Point Bird Observatory yesterday. Birders more experienced than I (me?) identified it as a light-phase, second year bird as its bib is incomplete with a patchy mix of brown and white feathers.
Learn more about the Swainson's Hawk.