The Common Black Hawk Visits Lynmar Estate


The Common Black Hawk soaring over Lynmar. Photo by Tom Reynolds.

Earlier this summer, bird watchers gathered at Lynmar Estate to observe an extremely rare sight: a mother Common Black Hawk perched in the trees neighboring Lynmar Estate and the Laguna de Santa Rosa. Over the course of several weeks, both the mother and her offspring lived safely in a nest some 80+ feet off the ground, but they were visible thanks to some birders with powerful camera lenses.


The location of the nest (circled in white) in relation to the rest of the estate.

The offspring was a hybrid from a Common Black Hawk female and a Red Shouldered male.


The offspring residing in the nest: a hybrid between a Common Black Hawk (mother) and a Red Shouldered Hawk (father).

Photo by Tom Reynolds.

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