[Bristol-Birds] Rough-legged Hawk, Greene Co, TN 3-13-11

  • From: david kirschke <dkirschke@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: Bristol Birds <bristol-birds@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 14 Mar 2011 19:11:37 -0700 (PDT)

After reading Don Miller's post I decided to spend Sunday morning birding 
Bible Refuge (Lick Creek Bottoms WMA).  I spent several hours scanning the 
trees.  It was cool and overcast and nothing was flying except 2 Northern 
Harriers.  I studied 8-10 Buteos perched around the refuge and a light-headed 
juvenile Red-tailed Hawk kept catching my eye (photo at 
http://www.flickr.com/photos/dkirschke/ ), but no Rough-legged Hawk.  I left 
briefly to get some lunch and returned to sunny skies and warmer temperatures.  
Driving around the perimeter of the refuge I spotted Buteos soaring everywhere 
in the strong winds.  One was the light phase Rough-legged Hawk reported 
previously, soaring up and going away.  I jumped in my car and chased in the 
direct it was headed to try to shoot some photos, but came up empty.  A nice 
adult Red-tailed Hawk did cooperate, though.  Thanks to Don for the post.  

David Kirschke
Johnson City, TN

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