North American Hawks – Varmints! – 121

North American Hawks!

Paul and Donna wing it today talking about those beautiful, fast, and it turns out, smartypants predators, North American Hawks! We’ll hear from an animal expert, and have many fun times, here on the Varmints! Podcast.

But first, the news!

Empty Nesters at Last!

What will we do now that they’ve left the nest? Make more baby hawks of course!

What’s the difference between hawks and falcons?
Lots of things, check it out here, courtesy of!

Vive la différence!

Cooper’s Hawks! courtesy of the Cornell Ornithology Lab at!

Adult Cooper’s Hawk on the left, juvenile on the right.

Red-tailed hawks love to eat sneks! Read all about it here, courtesy of!

Now that’s picking up lunch on the way home.

I mean, check out the Harris’s Hawk. Read about it right here, courtesy of!

I’m as super as they are!

A little more about Clint Barton aka Hawkeye! Article courtesy of

We’re serious about the dumb hat.

He’s a chickenhawk! Read about Henery Hawk at!

I’m a chickenhawk and you’re a chicken!


Check out the enormous and gorgeous Swainson’s Hawk!

Read about it here, courtesy of the Cornell Ornithology Lab, at

Adult light morph on the left, adult dark morph on the right.

At the end of the show we talked with Amber, who works with the Bird Conservancy of the Rockies all about North American Hawks and conservation!

Many thanks to Amber for her expertise and telling us about her experiences!

Listen to the call of the Swainson’s Hawk! Courtesy of YouTube user American Bird Conservancy.

Not the mighty sound of the red-tailed hawk, but it’s adorable and we love it.


Now you know a little more about North American Hawks than you did this morning! What do you think of them? We want to hear from you! Send us your suggestions for animals you’d like to hear us talk about, or just drop us a line about anything at! We might even read your email on the show.

Your feedback is always welcome!

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About our voice actors:
Kari McGinnis runs Blazing Caribou Studios and is a co-host on the podcasts Feast On History and Trivia Geeks Live.
Chris Braaten runs the Podfix Network and is a co-host on More Gooder Than.
Chris “Toph” Green is the host of the GravityBeard podcast.
Curtis Craddock is the author of the novel An Alchemy of Masques and Mirrors (The Risen Kingdoms, #1)
Josh Hallmark runs the Our Americana network and hosts the podcasts Our Americana, The Karen and Ellen Letters, Playlist and True Crime Bullshit.
Justine and Santiago are the hosts of the very funny Weird With You podcast.
Frosty is the co-host of The Show with The Preshaah and Frosty,
and last but never least, Stacey from Rough Giraffe.