Look, everyone loves a red-tailed hawk. But after a while, it can be hard for an avid birder to score a new raptor species.
Once you’ve seen enough drive-by buteos to last a lifetime, or parsed the finer details of identifying Cooper’s vs sharp-shinned hawks, what other raptors should be on your birdy bucket list?
These nine unusual raptors are found only in the south and southwestern US, from Arizona to Florida. You’ll have to work hard to see them: some are rare, others secretive and restricted to certain habitats, while others make for a challenging field ID.
But all nine birds are well worth seeing, if you’re lucky enough to get the chance.
Read full article here … https://blog.nature.org/science/2022/11/08/a-field-guide-to-unusual-raptors-of-the-southern-us/
The Vermont Birder Guy