Southwest Michigan Wildlife columnist for The Herald-Palladium

Featured this week is a photo of a dark-phase rough-legged hawk, taken on Dec. 21 along Linco Road, near Hollywood Road.

The rough-legged hawk is closely related to the common red-tailed hawk, inhabiting the arctic tundra and openings in the coniferous forests of northern Canada. The rough-legged hawk is known for hovering over its potential prey before going in for the kill.