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A light-morph juvenile or sub-adult rough-legged hawk as seen earlier this fall. This individual still displays characters common to others: A bold dark belly band and dark patches at the wing "wrists."

Flight Lines: Rodents beware, rough-legged hawks in area

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Mid-winter on the northern Great Plains is a time of trial and forbearance for its scattered inhabitants, both human and animal. Frequent storms, such as last weekend's whoppers, continually test our collective backbones. At times such as these, it helps to consider the early pioneers who endured the same conditions with considerably fewer amenities. I can't even get my arms around the thought of a frozen dirt floor, for instance.

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