Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 2005-38(R83)
1983 sighting resubmitted in October 2005
Information for this record is taken from a UFO sight record received 21 Jun 1983.

Common name:

Broad-winged Hawk

Scientific name: Buteo platypterus
Date: 14 May 1983
Time: 6:15 AM
Length of time observed: 1 min
Number: 1
Age: Adult
Location: Willow Park, Logan
County: Cache
Distance to bird: 25 m
Optical equipment: 10x Binocs
Weather: Partly cloudy - sun not yet up but still quite light.  Prior weather: Front in previous evening
Light Conditions: good
Description:        Size of bird:  
(Description:)       Basic Shape:  
(Description:)  Overall Pattern:  
(Description:)            Bill Type:  
Field Marks and
Identifying Characteristics:
I heard a scolding of Brewer's Blackbirds and looked up to see a small Buteo fly in and land in a tree.  The bird was all light below except for a broad dark terminal border to the wings.  The wings were broad but distinctly pointed in the middle (see fig. 1).  As it landed, it fanned its tail and showed 2 broad white bands (upper surface) and 2 broad black bands (see Fig 2).  It sat for a moment, then flew showing a flash of reddish from the breast.  It called once - a thin "teeee"
Song or call & method of delivery: Voice - thin, high-pitched "teeee"
Similar species and how
were they eliminated:
No other Utah raptor has a boldly black & white tail pattern except Red-shouldered Hawk which has several narrow white bands, and is much darker reddish underneath & has dark gray * white bars on under side of flight feathers.  Gray Hawk has a white rump & 3 white bars on tail.
Previous experience with
this & similar species:
Very extensive  (I've seen thousands upon thousands - my 5th sighting in Utah!)
References consulted:  
Description from: Notes made later from memory
Observer: Mike Tove
Observer's address: 132 W. 730 N., Logan, UT  84321   Phone: 753-0281
Observer's e-mail address:  
Other observers who independently identified this bird: Keith Archibald   752-8258
Date prepared: [Received 21 Jun 1983]
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