Bird #234 — Swainson’s Hawk

buteo (hawk) swainsoni (given in 1838 by Charles Lucien Bonaparte for William Swainson, English ornithologist of the early 19th century)

Friday, July 30, 1982 — 3:00 pm

Elgin, Illinois — Interstate 90 north of town

We spent a week at Dad’s house in McNaughton, Wisconsin with Sally’s family.  Phil rode home with us.  I was driving as we approached Elgin though an area of open farmland.  I had a brief glimpse of the Swainson’s Hawk as it flew low over the expressway and made a gliding bank right in front of our car.  Its wings were held in a shallow “V.”

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