[CT Birds] Rough-Legged Hawk, Short Beach Park

Stephen Johnson stevejohnson2 at verizon.net
Thu Jan 24 16:59:53 EST 2013

Arrived at Short Beach Park (Stratford) this morning right at sunrise, about 7:15 AM.  Drove into the parking lot, saw a hawk flying over the marsh.  Slammed the car to a stop, jumped out, got the binos on it.  Good looks at the wing outline, flapping motion, and tail shape and coloring: Rough-Legged Hawk for sure.

It immediately flew south out of sight.  Then the sun rose and I spent another 30 minutes looking in vain.

The early nerd gets the bird.

Steve Johnson
(normally roosting in Fairfax, VA)

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