Date: 2/25/18 10:32 am From: John Besser <jbesser1...> Subject: Possible dark-phase Rough-leg at Eagle Bluffs
Large buteo with all-dark plumage was perched on a slender branch of a small tree overlooking pool 14. No white spotting visible on breast or back. Bill was pale, grayish, shorter than that of a immature Bald Eagle. Base of upper tail was grayish, with fine banding; bottom of tail not visible. Did not see the bird in flight.
The area is ice free, and there is noticeably more water in pools 5 and 10. Fewer waterfowl in pool 14 and overall, compared to last week, but more duck species are present, including Redheads, Ring-necks. -- John Besser Columbia MO <jbesser1...>