Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 2005-

Common name:

Broad-winged Hawk

Scientific name: Buteo platypterus
Date: April 23, 2005
Time: 1200p
Length of time observed: 2-3 minutes
Number: 1
Age: Adult
Location: Beaver Dam Wash, near Lytle Ranch house
County: Washington
Latilong: 19
Elevation: ~ 850 m
Distance to bird: 50 - 200 m
Optical equipment: 10 x 42 binoculars
Weather: clear and sunny
Light Conditions: full sun
Description:        Size of bird:  
(Description:)       Basic Shape:  
(Description:)  Overall Pattern:  
(Description:)            Bill Type:  
Field Marks and
Identifying Characteristics:
Light-phased adult, observed mostly from below. Small, chunky hawk with broad but fairly pointed wings, and relatively short tail. Flushed and observed flying / soaring overhead. Upperside - uniformly brownish except for boldly barred tail. Underside - Body: reddish-brown throat and upper chest turning to streaking on a white background on lower chest and becoming sparser towards tail, white undertail coverts. Wings: mostly light below with dark primary tips and complete dark trailing edge on primaries and secondaries. Light patagial area. Tail: with bold black and white bands. From below - broad white band bordered with bold black bands on either side and a thin white terminal edge. Additional thin white band at the base of the tail was visible when viewed from above.  (see photos)
Song or call & method of delivery: silent
Behavior: Flying / soaring
Habitat: Riparian area along desert stream
Similar species and how
were they eliminated:
Distinguished from other small hawks by size, shape, tail pattern, and dark wing border.
Previous experience with
this & similar species:
Familiar with Broad-winged and other hawks
References consulted:  
Description from: Notes taken at time of sighting
Observer: Rick Fridell
Observer's address: 3505 West 290 North, Hurricane
Observer's e-mail address:
Other observers who independently identified this bird: Larry Tripp, Kevin Wheeler, and Pam Larson
Date prepared: June 10, 1005
Additional material: Photos
Additional comments: Notes were made shortly following the sighting.