Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 2006-16

Common name:

Broad-winged Hawk

Scientific name: Buteo platypterus
Date: 4/25/06
Time: 10:40 am - 3:20 pm
Length of time observed: several minutes each
Number: 5
Age: all Adult
Sex: Unknown
Location: Foothills below Grandeur peak
County: Salt lake
Latilong: Unknown
Elevation: about 5,000 ft.
Distance to bird: 1 very close, 4 fairly distant
Optical equipment: Zeiss 7x45 binoculars
Weather: clear, warm, slight breeze
Light Conditions: very bright
Description:        Size of bird: about crow-sized
(Description:)       Basic Shape: stocky with pointed wings and narrow medium-length tail
(Description:)  Overall Pattern: pale underneath with dark trailing edge to the wings, black and white banded tail, and rufous chest
(Description:)            Bill Type: couldn't see
Field Marks and
Identifying Characteristics:
see photos
Song or call & method of delivery:  
Behavior: soaring, gliding
Similar species and how
were they eliminated:
Previous experience with
this & similar species:
extensive experience with all North American raptors. Author of "Hawks from Every Angle"
References consulted: none
Description from: From memory
Observer: Jerry Liguori
Observer's address: 3055 plateau Drive
Observer's e-mail address:
Other observers who independently identified this bird: None
Date prepared: 4/25/06
Additional material:  
Additional comments: photos are extremely cropped on distant birds (2-5) but easily identifiable. I am wondering if this species still needs to be written up?