Not only did I see numerous Red-tailed Hawk juveniles on my recent trip to Montana, I also saw quite a few Swainson’s Hawk (Buteo swainsoni) juveniles too. This is one of them. Swainson’s juveniles have beautiful patterns on their backs and chests, according to the big Sibley’s Guide to birds this is an intermediate juvenile.
The young hawk was cooperative and it had a sibling that was on the other side of the road on a power pole with one of the adult birds. It is a gorgeous bird now and will grow up to be a very handsome adult.