Birding Field Trips

You will find detailed information on birding field trips on the Events page
and brief mention of the dates and locations on Birding Broward and the Home Page.  We look forward to seeing you on the next Audubon adventure!

Birding Broward County

Looking for a local "do-it-yourself" birding adventure?  Broward County and the surrounding area host a wealth of opportunities for urban and backcountry birdwatching.  Broward County Audubon Society has its favorite birding hotspots.  After checking these out, if you need further information, send an email to the author, Paddy Cunningham Pascatore, birdpaddy@yahoo.com or visit her web site at http://www.birdadventure.com/.

Birding Florida

Florida is on the Atlantic Coast flyway for migrating birds going between the Artic and tropical environments.  Many migrants either cross the Gulf of Mexico on its western side or fly around it during migration. Because of its warm climate year round many birds are residents. Between the Everglades and the panhandle birds find a wide range of desirable habitats: salt marshes, sandy beaches, pinelands, sawgrass marsh, mangrove forests, hardwood hammocks, cypress swamps, and more.  Planning a Florida ecotourism adventure for your next vacation?  The Great Florida Birding Trail documents some of the best bird and wildlife watching in the state.   Stop first on this website at Birding Florida to see what special events are planned for this coming year.

Birding the USA

Before traveling to other states, check out sources of birding information in each state.  Read Birding the USA web page for ideas.

Birding the World

Looking for birds on your life list that are not residents or migrants in the USA, enter Birding the World web page to see a list of naturalist led international birding trips.


There are 38 species of raptors found in the United States and Canada.  Most of the answers to the following quiz can be found in the book, Hawks in Flight, by Pete Dunne, David Sibley, and Clay Sutton.  Their chapter breakdowns are descriptive of the varied Raptors: Buteos/The Wind Masters, Accipiters/The Artful Dodgers, Falcons/ Distance Measured by the Horizon, Kites/Graceful Masters of the Southern Summer Skies, The Northern Harrier/The Great Fooler, Eagles and Vultures/ Big Black Birds, and The Osprey/The Fish Hawk.



1.    Which of the following is not an accurate descriptor for Raptors?

a.    Birds with talons and beaks that can tear flesh

b.    Hunt for food primarily on the wing

c.    "Game Birds"

d.    "Birds of Prey"


2.    Which of the following are not included in the term "Birds of Prey"?

a.    Hawks and Falcons

b.    Egrets and Herons

c.    Owls and Kites

d.    Eagles and Vultures


3.    Which of the following statements does not appropriately describe differences between Buteos and Accipiters?

a.    Buteos are broad-winged, short-tailed hawks.

b.    Accipiters are hawks with short, rounded wings, long tails and long legs.

c.    Cooper's Hawk, Sharp-shinned Hawk, and Goshawk are examples of Buteos.

d.    Buteos are soaring hawks while Accipiters are woodland dwelling hawks.


4.    The adult Turkey and Black Vultures differ in size, head color, and areas of contrast between light and dark under the wings.  True or False?  ________


5.    Besides the location of red on their bodies, name another field mark that differentiates the Red Shouldered Hawk from the Red-tailed Hawk _____________________


6.    Which Raptor flies methodically at low altitudes above marsh fields?

a.    Golden Eagle

b.    Swallow-tailed Kite

c.    Harris Hawk

d.    Northern Harrier


7.    Which Raptor has the following attribute: "Outer front toe can be rotated to face the rear in order to grasp fish more firmly?"

a.    Bald-headed Eagle

b.    Swainson's Hawk

c.    Osprey

d.    American Kestrel


8.    Which group of Raptors is described as "....regularly fluff the throat and forehead feathers when relaxed or in cool temperatures."

a.    Owls

b.    Falcons

c.    Kites

d.    Vultures


9.    While differing in size, the Crested Caracara shares the same facial marks as the American Kestrel.  True or False? ___

10.  Match Flight Field Marks or Behaviors in Column A with the
       Raptor in Column B

            Column A                                             Column B

Translucent slash across wing tip

Red-tailed Hawk

Translucent inner primaries

Red-shouldered Hawk

Belly band

Broad-winged Hawk

Dark flight feathers

Swainson's Hawk


            Column A                                            Column B

Snappy wing beat

Northern Goshawk

Deep, steady, rowing wing beat

Cooper's Hawk

Well rounded tail

Sharp-Shinned Hawk

V-notched or square cut tail



            Column A                                            Column B

Wings look like long, graceful, tapered candlesticks


Passes a perched raptor and doesn't take a shot at it

Prairie Falcon

From below this falcon is pale, tawny outline surrounding two prominent black wing struts

Peregrine Falcon

Flight is buoyant and wandering


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