This dark morph rough-legged hawk was rescued from a corn field in Mackey, Indiana. Unable to fly but a few feet off the ground, we found that he had an old break in the wing that was already healed. For this reason he is not releasable. These hawks breed in the arctic. In winter they migrate to open habitats such as fields, prairies, deserts, and airports in the U.S. and southern Canada. For this reason, this is the first rough-legged hawk The Talon Trust has encountered!
He will be starting training with one of our volunteers soon to get used to being on the glove, and hopefully he will be one of our education ambassadors soon.