photo by Susie Nishio 2012

Five Amazing Facts About Swainson's Hawks

1. Swainson's Hawks fly thousands of miles annually between their nesting and wintering territories [find out more about migration here].

2. Swainson's Hawk chicks must fledge, learn to feed themselves, and join a migration of thousands of miles within 3-4 months of hatching.

3. Swainson's Hawks are communal feeders, gathering in flocks on fields or circulating in aerial tiers above harvesting activities or insect swarms.

4. Swainson's Hawks eat agricultural pests including insects on the fly, and insect larvae, voles, ground squirrels and other small rodents in the fields.

5. Swainson's Hawks return after migration to their nesting sites and mates.

See more facts and Q&A about Swainson's Hawks here.