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Broad winged hark flying
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If walking or biking in the 2600 block of Birchwood in North Platte, you might be attacked by a pair of broad-winged hawks defending their nest.

Broad-winged hawks have been nesting in the North Platte area for at least seven years, which is relatively unusual, Nebraska Game and Parks spokeswoman Julie Geiser said Wednesday.

In Nebraska, broad winged hawks typically nest along the Missouri River and area south of the Platte River. 

“Their preferred habitat is eastern deciduous forest. Apparently, the North Platte neighborhoods with a lot of large trees are close enough to that for some of them. We now have a small breeding population here in North Platte,”  said T.J. Walker, a Nebraska Game and Parks dstrict manager of the wildlife division and avid birder.

“In past years, the nests have been blown out of trees, resulting in the loss of the young hawks,” Walker said.

At least two young broad wings have been seen this year in the nest.

People who walk or bike on the north side of the 2600 block of Birchwood for the next 2-3 weeks stand a chance of being dive-bombed by the adults protecting their nest, according to Game and Parks officials.

Walker said the hawks are well-equipped with sharp talons and a sharp beak. He urges residents to stay on the south side of the street.

Broad-winged hawks prey on small mammals such as mice and rabbits, small birds, reptiles and large insects, not humans, Geiser said.

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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 7/2/2014
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