Late January say two rough-legged hawks admitted. These hawks are on winter vacation from their extreme north breeding area. Learn more from Cornell Lab of Ornithology! Where do these hawks get their “rough-legged” part of their name? Rough-legged hawks have feathers on their legs all the way to the toes! Ferruginous hawks and golden eagles have the same feathered legs.
One rough-legged hawk was found in Carroll County and had a punctured patagium (the post image). The patagium is the stretchy fibers on leading edge of the bird’s wing between the shoulder and the wrist. The skin has healed and this hawk is in a flight pen.
The rough-legged hawk was found in Dallas County suffered a humerus fracture and is still in our intensive care.