Cooler, unsettled weather was ushered in this past week with the advent of fall including a tornado north of where I live on the date of the fall equinox, the leaves are changing and now there is up to a foot of snow in the high country. There is a nip in the air and it won’t be long before I see frost on the ground.
This time of the year also brings about a change in two buteo species I see here in northern Utah. It is time to say a fond farewell to all the Swainson’s Hawks that have nested and raised their families here because they now are heading to South America on their fall migration. I am sure there are still a few Swainson’s Hawks around but they won’t be here for long.
This time of the year also means I will be keeping my eagle eyes to the sky looking for my first of the year Rough-legged Hawks who migrate here to spend the winter from their arctic breeding grounds. It won’t be long before I will be seeing these elegant hawks perched, hunting and gliding by. I hope I have more opportunities to photograph them this year than I did last year.
Even though I am saying a fond farewell to the Swainson’s Hawks I’m also looking forward to Rough-legged Hawks gracing my life for another season.
Life is good.