Rough-legged Hawk at Great Swamp N.W.R., Dec. 31, 2012

Simon Lane found a light-phase Rough-legged Hawk at the Overlook on Pleasant Plains Road this morning. Jamie Glydon and I were able view it with him. It perched on the distant snags in the vicinity of the defunct heronry. It occasionally flew short distances, always returning to a perch. As we left, it was perched on a snag on the “left” side of the overlook viewing area. As I write this, some text messages report that there may be a dark-phase there as well.

25 American Pipits were directly in front of the overlook. A Merlin was on White Bridge Road before flying off.

Rough-legged Hawk, at the Overlook on Pleasant Plains Road, Great Swamp N.W.R., Dec. 31, 2012 (Photo by Jonathan Klilzas)

Rough-legged Hawk, at the Overlook on Pleasant Plains Road, Great Swamp N.W.R., Dec. 31, 2012 (Photo by Jonathan Klilzas)

Merlin, White Bridge Road, Great Swamp N.W.R., Dec. 31, 2012 (Photo by Jonathan Klizas)

Merlin, White Bridge Road, Great Swamp N.W.R., Dec. 31, 2012 (Photo by Jonathan Klizas)

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4 Responses to Rough-legged Hawk at Great Swamp N.W.R., Dec. 31, 2012

  1. As mentioned in the original post, there is a second Rough-legged Hawk at the Overlook – a Dark-phase.

  2. Pingback: A Second Rough-legged Hawk at the Great Swamp N.W.R., Dec. 31, 2012 | mocosoco Birds

  3. Chris Duffek says:

    Nice finds!

  4. Pingback: Greater White-fronted Goose in Lyons; another Rough-Legged Hawk in Hillsborough, Dec. 31, 2012 | mocosoco Birds

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