[birding] This morning

Marcia F. Cutler marciafcutler at comcast.net
Sat Oct 24 20:24:03 PDT 2015

Yesterday, while showing some friends the American Pipits on DeArmond Rd. in southern Polk County, we also saw a Rough-legged Hawk putting on a hovering show right about at the Benton-Polk boundary near the south end of DeArmond. It was a ways out, but my suspicions were aroused by the continual hovering between short flights by a large hawk - generally a good indication that it may be a Rough-legged Hawk. The fields where Robison and DeArmond meet are usually a reliable spot for Rough-legs in the winter season.

Marcia F. Cutler

On Oct 24, 2015, at 6:59 PM, Joel Geier wrote:

> Hi Robert (& all),
> Thanks for your Northern Shrike report, which is the first one that I've
> seen this season! There was a non-specific shrike report near Finley a
> couple of weeks ago.
> About the hawk with a mostly white head, my guess is that you saw a
> Rough-legged Hawk, an Arctic-nesting species that regularly shows up in
> our area around this time of year. I haven't seen one yet this season
> myself, but recently Lars Norgren reported seven of them along one of
> the roads just north of Finley NWR.
> Happy birding,
> Joel
> On Sat, 2015-10-24 at 16:06 -0700, R. Hunter wrote:
>> My son and I visited Finley NWR this morning and had the opportunity to see a northern shrike and a sharp shinned hawk.  We saw another hawk which had a mostly white head, neck and nape with brown streaks in the white.  What could it possibly be?
>> Enjoy your birding adventures!
>> Robert Hunter 
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