Rough-legged Hawk Buteo lagopus
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!