Texas Birds – Zone-tailed Hawk

Zone-tailed Hawk -Accipitridae - Buteo-albonotatus. Photographed at Brazos Bend State Park, TX.
Zone-tailed Hawk -Accipitridae – Buteo-albonotatus. Photographed at Brazos Bend State Park, TX.

I found two juvenile Zone-tailed Hawks on 10/08/16 at Brazos Bend State Park, just west of Houston, TX. I didn’t know until later how rare of a find that it was. Population estimates for the state of TX are around 50 breeding pairs. Also, this species is usually found further west in Texas – this was only the forth recorded observation at this location.