Rough-legged Buzzard (Rough-legged Hawk) Buteo lagopus

Now mainly a scarce passage migrant in Norfolk, with over-wintering birds few and far between - just one or two birds usually spend the winter in the county nowadays.

Rough-legged Hawk has always been the North American name for this species, better known as Rough-legged Buzzard in Europe, but recent times have seen a slight change in the names' usage. Now the name Rough-legged Hawk is often used by European birders when referring to the North American subspecies which is believed to occur in Europe as a very rare vagrant.

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Rough-legged Buzzard, Burnham Overy (Norfolk, UK), 28th October 2014

 

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Rough-legged Buzzard, Burnham Overy (Norfolk, UK), 31st January 2015

 

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Rough-legged Buzzard, Burnham Overy (Norfolk, UK), 14th March 2015

 

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Rough-legged Buzzard, Burnham Overy (Norfolk, UK), 28th March 2015

 

Rough-legged Buzzard, Chedgrave Marshes (Norfolk, UK), 30th January 2010

 

Rough-legged Buzzard, Flitcham (Norfolk, UK), 8th November 2010 (with Buzzard)

 

 

Rough-legged Buzzard, Holkham (Norfolk, UK), 26th October 2011