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Favorite Winter Visitor

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I cannot let winter pass without again mentioning one of my favorite cold-weather visitors, the rough-legged hawk (Buteo lagopus).  Soon this distinctive hawk with the white head and cape and feathered legs will head back to the far North. Rough-legged … Continue reading

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Soon to Leave

Rough-legged hawks (Buteo lagopus) are found globally in the northern latitudes.  North American rough-legged hawks winter throughout much of Southern Canada and the United States, occasionally venturing into parts of Mexico. Summers are spent in the Arctic Tundra. Leonard and … Continue reading

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Hovering Hawk

The rough-legged hawk (Buteo lagopus) is another winter resident soon to return to its summer breeding grounds in the Arctic tundra. When hunting, rough-legged hawks will face into the wind and hover as they search for prey in open fields, … Continue reading

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Feathered Legs

A favorite winter visitor, the rough-legged hawk (Buteo lagopus) breeds and summers in the high Arctic. During the winter these hawks hover over the fields or sit on utility and fence posts around our home in Modoc County CA. Rough-legged … Continue reading

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Rough-legged Hawk Irruption?

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The unusual, large irruption (irregular range expansion or population increase) of snowy owls on the East Coast this season has birders all “atwitter” and has made national headlines. While everyone was observing the snowy owls, Leonard and I noticed an … Continue reading

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Rough-legged Hawks Return

Rough-legged hawks (Buteo lagopus) visit Northeastern California (Modoc County), where we live, in the winter after breeding in the Arctic during the summer. Leonard and I always watch for the arrival of the first rough-legged hawk each fall – one … Continue reading

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Hawk of the Arctic

The migratory rough-legged hawk (Buteo lagopus) breeds in the Arctic tundra and taiga and winters in the temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere.  Each year Leonard and I await the arrival of the first rough-legged hawk of the season. For … Continue reading

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