The Rough-legged Hawk is another bird that only spends its’ winters in Minnesota. They migrate back north to Canada for the breeding season.
This hawk is easy to identify by the dark carpal patches on the wings. Another hawk has that marking, but that Hawk only occurs in Minnesota in the summer. Do you know which one that is?
Here’s another look at the Rough-legged Hawk. They like open country and they eat mice and voles.
The other bird that has the carpal patches is the Osprey. The Osprey is a fishing eating Hawk and must have open water for food. The Osprey returns to Crane Lake by April 15th.