Rich Trissel keeps a "yard list," a list of birds he sees in their yard north of Gualala. A few days ago he added a Rough-legged Hawk to his list. Nancy got the photo.
Here is what the Cornell Lab of Ornithology says about these autumn/winter visitors: "The Rough-legged Hawk spends the summer capturing lemmings on the arctic tundra, tending a cliffside nest under a sun that never sets. Winter is the time to see this large, open-country hawk in southern Canada and the U.S., where it may be perched on a pole or hovering over a marsh or pasture on the hunt for small rodents. Found globally across northern latitudes, this species occurs in both light and dark forms."
Nancy photographed a light form, adult Rough-legged Hawk.
To hear their calls, here is the link: https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Rough-legged_Hawk/sounds
Here is a close-up photo I found on the web, from the Audubon handbook.
Thanks to Nancy for allowing me to share her photo with you here.