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Rough-legged Hawk (light phase)

Buteo lagopus

Description:

A winter visitor to this area these soaring hawks have light and dark phases (or morphs), with variations in between. The light phase has a distinctive light-colored head, in contrast to its dark upperside.

Habitat:

Spotted on a power pole next to the Umptanum road. This area is rolling hills with deep canyons covered with sage brush. These birds will return to the Arctic in the spring.

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5 Comments

Brian38
Brian38 2 years ago

You got it absolutely right Jellis. I looked at your gallery reference and others and it matches perfect. Thank you so much.

Jellis
Jellis 2 years ago

One was spotted by Spikes Lake recently

Jellis
Jellis 2 years ago

Would this be a Rough-legged Hawk (light morph)

Jellis
Jellis 2 years ago

Looks awful big to be a Prairie Falcon. The head looks a little too rounded.

Brian38
Spotted by
Brian38

Washington, USA

Spotted on Dec 8, 2017
Submitted on Dec 9, 2017

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