Rough-legged Hawk

Buteo lagopus

A rare vagrant, this species has been recorded in the spring, summer, and fall, with the Pribilof records favoring the spring season though multiple records do exist for the fall. All spring records come from May, which coincides with an early raptor migration window, while the fall records with known dates of occurrence are in mid-late September. The summer record is more likely an anomaly than anything else.

Photo by Barbara Lestenkof