October 21, 2010

Rough-legged, in the house

Yesterday I had a visit from Melley and Grant and despite great winds we spent a few hours in the blind seeing very little. Around 5pm though we started seeing rough-legged hawks, our first of the year. They're arctic birds with very distinct black wing patched and feathered legs. We had four or five give us very low looks, but they are tentative birds and weren't biting. Finally I had a true set, and it was in the bag. Not only was it our first of few for the year, but it's always nice when visitors get to see something special.

Awesome bird.

Rough legs
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About red tail sized
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