Date: 1/6/19 10:01 am From: Dave Larsen - birding via VA-bird <va-bird...> Subject: [VA-bird] Possible Rough-legged Hawk near Rectortown, Fauquier County
This morning, Candice Lowther and I were birding Rectortown Road north of Rectortown when we spotted two buteos circling and hovering over a field to the east. Because of the sun angle we were not able to get clear looks at either bird although one might have been a young Red-tailed Hawk. There is no safe place to pull off the road at this point. When we were able to find a safe pull out spot the birds were out of sight. The only reason I suggest Rough-legged Hawk is because the bird was clearly hovering like a Kestrel. I have seen Red-tailed Hawks do this on occasion but always in a stiff breeze. There was no discernable wind this morning. Please be on the lookout if you're in this area. We did not report this in eBird.