Tuesday, June 28, 2016
Surprised by a Broadwing
Today I was taking an evening stroll down my street in Old Jefferson after the rain, and heard two Blue Jays jeering at something. To my surprise, they were fussing at an adult Broad-winged Hawk! It flew over my head and across the street, jays in hot pursuit.
On May 2, I had seen a pair of Broad-wings circling over my block, and had wondered if they might be contemplating a nesting attempt. After weeks had passed with no additional sightings, I had written them off. With today's sighting, hope is revived- a local nesting seems very likely.
Broad-winged Hawk is a very scarce nester south of Lake Pontchartrain, though not uncommon on the North Shore.
Together with the three "expected" nesting diurnal raptors of residential New Orleans (Mississippi Kite, and Red-shouldered and Cooper's Hawks), this makes four summering raptors in my 'hood.