Thursday, April 19, 2012
Back from South America
The Swainson's Hawk you see here, along with thousands more of its species, has just returned to the Great Plains after spending the winter in South America. They will stay here all summer, feeding on large insects and small mammals, and then next fall they will make the return trip to the southern hemisphere. As I watched this hawk this afternoon, I marveled at the energy and determination it would take to make such a journey twice each year. Welcome back... and have a great summer here on the prairie, Mr. Hawk.