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Swainson's Hawk Buteo swainsoni

Uncommon in steppe zone of southeastern Kittitas County, at western edge of species' Washington range. Utilizes agricultural fields and shrub-steppe with a few records from as far west as Ellensburg. Outlying late-May record from Skookumchuck drainage may represent late migrant. Perhaps due to propensity for feeding on invertebrates, Swainson's Hawk has adapted very well to agricultural practices. Nests near riparian areas and in windbreaks. BBA records do not support predicted range mapped by Washington Gap report north and west of Ellensburg or on Columbia River slope (Smith et al.1997).

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