How to spot a broadwing nest

Helpful tips to ID and report a nest

You can learn to identify when a broad-winged hawk pair has decided to nest:

  1. Check the timing. Nesting occurs between April 15 through August 1, so look for a small, broad-winged raptor with a striped tail during this time.
  2. Look for two birds. Anytime you see two broadwings together in a forested area during the breeding season, a nest may be nearby.
  3. Listen for the call and if you hear it frequently. Click here to listen now. The call is a high-pitched "Kee-eeee" whistle that lasts 2 to 4 seconds. Broadwing adults are very vocal during nest building and often will vocalize to each other while perched in forest. If you hear such behavior, a nest is likely nearby.
  4. Watch for food carrying. If you see a broadwing carrying food during incubation or nestling period, this also suggests a nearby nest. 
  5. Watch and listen for a broadwing defending its nest area against other raptors.
  6. Look for a stick nest with few leaves. Broadwings may use a branch with green leaves in it so that is a good sign of recent nest-building activity.

Report a Nest Now
Do you still think you've seen a nest? Report it online now using our easy-to-use form, or call Dr. Laurie Goodrich at 570-943-3411 x106.

Please check out the Broad-winged Hawk page of Raptorpedia to learn even more about this long-distance migrant.

Return to the Broad-winged Hawk Project overview page

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