Rough-legged Hawks in Bedminster Township, Feb. 5, 2013

From Mike Newlon:
The dark-morph Rough-legged Hawk was at the intersection of Rattlesnake Bridge/Burnt Mills Rds. this morning – perched on a post in the field west of the intersection. Also in the area: Redtails/Harrier (on the ground amidst Canada Geese)/Kestrel/Cooper’s hawk/both Vultures spp.
[trip extension into Hunterdon County]
Spruce Run was completely frozen and birdless 2-4 PM, not a single gull or waterfowl. Round Valley had a few Buffleheads and Ruddies and about 1000 gulls but so far out I could not pick out much besides the imm Herring Gull.
From Marc Chelemer:
Both the light morph and dark morph Rough-legged Hawks continue today between 2:00 and 2:45, February 5, at or near the intersection of Rattlesnake Bridge Road and Burnt Mills Road. The light morph was/is about 4/10 of a mile east of the intersection, working the field on the north side of the road. The dark morph was/is perched in the largest tree on the far west side of the open field on the west side of the intersection. Also present in the area were five Red-tails, one Kestrel, one Black and two Turkey Vultures, three Ring-necked Pheasant, and two Carolina Wrens.
Editor’s Note: The Ring-necked Pheasants in this area are stocked by a local hunting club. The field defined by Rattlesnake Bridge, River East, & Burnt Mills is a heavily hunted semi-wild preserve, where trespassing is strictly forbidden.

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