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Northern Harrier

Circus cyaneus


Dark brown bird with some lighter color feathers underneath. It had a thick white band on its rump. It had a flat, owl-like face.


Flying in an erratic, zig-zag pattern over coastal marshes at Meigs Point. It was flying in a fast, erratic pattern that it made it very difficult and frustrating to photograph.


Christine Y.
Christine Y. 4 years ago

Thanks for the help!

Jellis 4 years ago

You can tell by the white rump.

Doren B
Doren B 4 years ago

Formerly known as a Marsh Hawk, this is a female Northern Harrier. Nice spotting!

Christine Y.
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Christine Y.

Connecticut, USA

Spotted on Jan 17, 2017
Submitted on Feb 21, 2017

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