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Rough-legged hawk: Rare visitor to the refuge

Recently seen at Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge, the pictured rough-legged hawk is an unusual bird for the refuge, for North Carolina and even for the entire southeastern United States, states information from the US Fish and Wildlife Service.

Rough-legged hawks typically nest in the Arctic Circle and winter in northern states.

They are one of only three raptors with feathers all the way down to their toes.

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