Date: 11/15/17 4:24 pm From: Clifton Avery (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> Subject: Rough-legged Hawk and Short-eared Owl - Pond Mountain Game Land
Pond Mountain Game Land, Ashe County, NC - November 15, 2017
*1 Short-eared Owl* 3:45 pm. Flushed out of early successional habitat from less than 20 feet away by Guy McGrane. Awkward, floppy wing beats. Very different flight style than Harrier. Tawny belly with streaking on breast. Black marking on under wing wrist. Black patch on upper wing wrist. Buffy patch on upper wing primaries with dark tips. Rather large head and facial disc. No white rump patch. Great looks at owl by both of us from above and below with perfect lighting.
*2 Rough-legged Hawks* Juvenile dark morph. Large buteo with long wings and tail. Hovering and flying low over fields and early successional habitat. Dark from belly along upper under wing to wrist patch with whitish flight feathers underneath. Pale upper wing patch. White tail with grayish band. Second bird light morph adult. White underneath with dark wrist patch, dark tips of primaries and dark tail band. Initially saw birds separately. Later on in the day we saw both birds soaring together.