It is not uncommon for rough-legged hawks to stay north during the winter months, while most hawks migrate south. This fellow in the photo above may just end up being part of the annual Christmas Bird Count.
Started in 1900, the count is North America’s longest-running citizen science project with volunteers collecting data in more than 2,000 localities throughout the Western Hemisphere. This year’s count runs from Dec. 14 to Jan. 5. Dozens of counts will be conducted in Alberta.
To participate, go to the Bird Studies Canada website and click on ‘Find a Count Near You,’ and then zoom in on the interactive map for contact info in your area. There are also three Alberta locations (near Edmonton, Calgary, and Canmore) for the Christmas Bird Count for Kids.