Guapo was found as a first-year bird in Gold Beach on the southern coast of Oregon in early October 2016. Besides being far outside the normal range of a Swainson’s Hawk, he was landing on people’s arms seeking food; clearly, he had been illegally hand-raised.
Swainson’s Hawks migrate south every year from the interior of western Canada and the western U.S. to the Las Pampas region of Argentina. In Argentina, they are known as Grasshopper Hawks (halcón saltamontes), as grasshoppers are their primary prey in this rich grassland. Guapo is very curious, loves to sunbathe, and is one of the busiest members of the education team. Whether visiting a school or posing for guest photos, he is very comfortable with non-migratory life.
Adoptive “Parents” of Guapo:
John Helman • Bill Sharp • Grace & Greg Widdicombe • Jasper Zhou • Tanksley-Sifuentez Family • Joanna Hall & Rose Engelstad • Mountain Rose Herbs