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Rough-legged Hawk Siting this morning.

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Old Sunday 3rd January 2016, 15:51   #1
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Rough-legged Hawk Siting this morning.

We live in the Everglades and spotted a Rough-Legged Hawk in our yard this morning but the migratory patterns do not indicate that is possible.

Meant "sighting" sorry.

Has anyone else seen these birds in this region?

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Old Monday 4th January 2016, 00:44   #2
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Hi suenrich,

Welcome to Bird Forum!

Was the bird flying or perched? Rough-legged Hawks do not have bare legs. They have feathers on their legs that go all the way down to their toes. That is where their name comes from. Did you see this particular field mark on it?

http://identify.whatbird.com/obj/42/...gged_Hawk.aspx

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Old Monday 4th January 2016, 00:50   #3
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This bird had the white feathers all the way down its legs.
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Old Monday 4th January 2016, 00:57   #4
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Okay. You need to make a more detailed description of it now. Did you get a picture of it? Did you see it flying?

It also would be a good idea if you would contact a moderator on this site and have your post transfered the Bird Identification Forum where others could chime in.

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Rough-legged Hawk is a Florida review species with very few accepted records. Please take a photograph if possible and post here. I have attached a photo of a soaring individual with a few prominent fieldmarks marked.

There are many hawk species that winter here (Broad-winged, Short-tailed, Red-tailed, Swainson's, Red-shouldered), so it's good to eliminate those species first.
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