Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Rough-legged Hawk

Rough-legged Hawk Buteo lagopus
Waterloo County
12 November 2013

    Waterloo County is a significant wintering area for Rough-legged Hawks coming down from their arctic breeding grounds. In fact, one of the local Christmas Bird Counts consistently records the highest number of rough-legs year after year.
    It is a magnificent raptor and today I saw my first individual of the season hunting above agricultural land along Three Bridges Road. The picture is not terrific but I think you can see the distinctive markings of this raptor.
    We are very fortunate to have this northern bird of prey grace us with its presence each winter and I look forward to many more sightings, and - I hope - a better picture!

1 comment:

  1. Your are right; we are very lucky to have these birds in southern Ontario.