September 8, 2014
Immature Broad-winged hawk at Great Falls in Maryland. Notice the speckled upper breast, and the lack of the adult white tail band and black wing edging.
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Every Autumn, in addition to literally billions of songbirds, a million or more avian raptors (hawks, eagles, and falcons) migrate from their nesting and breeding areas all over North America to their winter homes, mostly in Central and South America. Raptor enthusiasts and hawk counters often head for mountain ridges and other concentration points in hopes of seeing some of the birds fly by.