Swainson's Hawk-like Rough-legged Hawks

21 February 2017

We are approaching the time of year in western North America when late wintering Rough-legged Hawks and early arriving Swainson's Hawks can be present at the same time. Particular Rough-legged Hawk morphs can have heavy bibs with lightly marked bellies and appear very Swainson's Hawk-like. This fact reminded us of a a great blog post shared by Jerry Liguori last year on this very same issue: https://hawkwatch.org/blog/item/848-swainson-s-hawk-yay-or-nay

An excellent thing to keep in mind as Swainson's Hawks begin trickling back north from their wintering grounds in South America!

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