We talk a lot about songbirds and seabirds when we talk about migration, but many raptors also migrate. One raptor migrant that should be flying south along the Pacific Flyway is the Rough-legged Hawk. In Spring, the hawk breeds in the Arctic Tundra. Their nests are usually found in Trees or on cliffs. The nest’s success is dependent on how much food the parents can find.
The term Rough-legged is derived from the fact that the bird’s feather’s extend down its legs to its claws. This is an adaptation to the cold weather in the Arctic. This fall, you can find Rough-legged Hawks in prairie settings or anywhere else they can find small rodents to eat. Below are last year’s sightings.