Roughleg Hawk is an uncommon winter visitor from the tundra of the far North. It comes in two “morphs” or color variants, and this is the light morph, probably a male. The dark morph generally has the same white areas, but the rest of the bird is much darker, and almost uniformly black in the adult male. This particular bird appeared sporadically at the park for a few weeks during February 2003, normally hunting over the east marsh near the entrance gates or perching in the nearby trees.
February 1, 2003