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Posted on: December 19, 2018

South American Great Black Hawk in Deering Oaks Park

South American Black Hawk at Deering Oaks Park, Portland, ME

South American Great Black Hawk in Deering Oaks Park

Many of you have probably seen the Great Black Hawk in Deering Oaks Park, feasting on local squirrels and other prey. The hawk was spotted in Texas in the spring, and then a couple times on the Maine coast this summer, and now seems to have settled in Deering Oaks for the past few weeks. It is very rare to see these birds of prey north of their range in Central and South America, and no one is quite sure how or why the bird is so far from home, so birders from around the region have been flocking to see him here. We ask that the public view him respectfully, giving at least 200 feet of distance so as to not disturb him -- if the bird is looking at you, you're too close. As temperatures drop, should you see the bird in distress, please call either of these numbers: Portland City Parks Ranger: 207-712-0287; Avian Haven, Wild Bird Rescue & Rehab: 207-382-6761. Learn more about the Great Black Hawk here. 

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