As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Saturday, 5 July 2014

Rare breed of hawk spotted in North Platte

Posted: Friday, July 4, 2014 3:00 am

North Platte is dealing with a real-life version of Angry Birds.
Julie Waters broad winged hawk.JPG
A pair of broad-winged hawks has set up residence at 2615 Birchwood Road, causing quite the stir.
“Basically, they have been dive-bombing the landowner and anyone else who gets too close to their tree,” said T.J. Walker, Nebraska Game and Parks Commission wildlife biologist. “The property owner called to ask what should be done, and the unfortunate answer is nothing, except wait for them to get done raising their young.”

The hawks have built a nest in a tree in the front yard and have at least two babies inside it. When Game and Parks officials went to investigate, they got buzzed by the birds too.

“It’s kind of an oddball occurrence,” Walker said. “Aside from North Platte, the only places we have documented broad-winged hawks nesting in Nebraska is in the southeast portion of the state. They like areas along the Missouri River and south of the Platte.”

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