[TN-Bird] Dark phase Rough-legged Hawk in Cumberland Co., Feb. 13

  • From: "LeGrand Family" <elegrand@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <tn-bird@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 14 Feb 2010 11:52:10 -0600

Yesterday morning, Saturday Feb. 13, I saw a dark phase Rough-legged Hawk 
along Hillendale Rd. in southern Cumberland County. This was at the area of 
large hay fields where the Short-eared Owls were seen last winter (but none 
this winter), and where a dark Rough-legged Hawk showed up on March 3, 2009. 
I checked for the bird this morning (Sunday) without success. Yesterday's 
bird was dark brownish-black above and below, but seen from above it had a 
white base of the tail with a fairly wide solid black band at the end of the 
tail (distinguishing it from Harlan's and typical of a female). From below, 
the primaries and secondaries were silvery, contrasting with the dark front 
of the wing. Above, the wings were uniformly dark (typical of an adult). I 
reread my description of the bird from last year, and I suspect that it 
might have been the same individual, especially given that I didn't have a 
close look at the bird sitting in good light this time. Yesterday, I had a 
fairly close view of it flying away, then distantly flying around before it 
landed in a tree perhaps 3/4 mile away. When I later got within several 
hundred yards, it flew off, giving me a distant scope view again.

-Ed LeGrand
Crossville, Cumberland Co., TN 

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