Here’s one explanation for the tagged hawk in this blog: “On our 5 day camping trip we drove the Bayview-Edison Road 4 of the days. This road is an excellent area for birders to view a variety of birds. We saw rough-legged hawks, eagles, herons, swans, short-eared owls and many varieties of ducks. The most interesting bird we saw each time we drove the road was a rough-legged hawk tagged “5H”. The hawk was tagged as a juvenile bird at Vancouver International Airport on 2-11-17 and was released the next day in Chilliwack, BC as part of a program to prevent raptors from being struck by aircraft.”
So that bird is about 80 miles south of where it was tagged, nor far as the buteo flies.
Kevin Sadler, a Bay Area birder, was on our Golden Gate Audubon trip to Northwest Washington earlier this month…and he was constantly taking careful aim at our birds…with his camera. Here are a few fine shots he’s shared, achieved despite often dismal light conditions.Harlequin were at Ediz Hook; Hoodies were on pond at Nisqually NWR Headquarters.I do not have an explanation of the tag on this Rough-legged Hawk on Samish Flats. I am pursing some information.