Rough-legged Hawks in Somerset County
Rough-legged Hawks continue at Negri-Nepote Native Grassland Preserve with 6 reported by Steve Byland today. Two were dark-morph individuals.
Another light morph Rough-legged Hawk was seen at Duke Farms by Vicki Schwartz.
The two Redheads, two Greater Scaup and Red-breasted Merganser continue at Duke Island Park (John J. Collins via eBird). Photos of these ducks appear in yesterday’s mocosocoBirds post here.
The mass of birds spending the winter at the manure covered farm fields on River Road, south of South Branch Road in Hillsborough Township, continue with 150+ Horned Larks, Ring-billed Gulls, hundreds of Crows and Canada Geese, Rock Pigeons, an occasional raptor, etc.
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Rough-legged Hawks were harder to come by at Negri-Nepote today – observers sitting in the middle with poised scopes weren’t seeing them – but by making the circuit of the edges I saw: one dark morph Rough-leg flying along the west edge of the property; probably another, way on the south side of Skillman Lane; and a light morph bird approximately over the bend in Skillman Lane just north of the parking lot (seen by others over the parking lot). Also two Northern Harriers and two Red-tails; and about four American Tree Sparrows at the southwest corner. Ted Chase Franklin Township