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This was taken by my friend, Laurie Jensen. I don't know any details.

11 Comments

AndrewOrgill
AndrewOrgill 5 years ago

If you search for photos of adult male Northern Harriers, you will see that they clearly look exactly like your bird. There's really no doubt that this is a male Northern Harrier. The description of the flight style you gave is really irrelevant since it's not flying in this photo. And "owl-like disk" is the appropriate description of the face, which is even given in the Cornell link you provided...

Jellis
Jellis 5 years ago

And I never said owl-like disk. I said owl face

Jellis
Jellis 5 years ago

You will need to read it again.
The Northern Harrier is distinctive from a long distance away: a slim, long-tailed hawk gliding low over a marsh or grassland, holding its wings in a V-shape and sporting a white patch at the base of its tail. Up close it has an owlish face that helps it hear mice and voles beneath the vegetation. Each gray-and-white male may mate with several females, which are larger and brown. These unusual raptors have a broad distribution across North

andyarct
andyarct 5 years ago

In the all about birds harrier link, from Jellis, the light morph rough-legged hawk is listed as a similar species . I think that's what this is, though it's hard to tell from the picture they provide.

Jellis
Jellis 5 years ago
AndrewOrgill
AndrewOrgill 5 years ago

male harriers do not have the owl-like facial disk or a female or immature male...

Jellis
Jellis 5 years ago

Would it be an immature one Ashley?

AshleyT
AshleyT 5 years ago

Yes, it's a harrier

Jellis
Jellis 5 years ago

are you sure. I don't see the owl face and there seems to be a lot of feathers down the leg.

AndrewOrgill
AndrewOrgill 5 years ago

Male Northern Harrier was correct. All field marks are correct

LaurieJensen
LaurieJensen 5 years ago

I took this photo Thank you Andrew for posting it here for me!!! This Hawk has the grey wing coloring of a Male Northern Harrier, but has way to many feathers all the way down its legs. And the distinctive marking around the eye isnt there for a Harrier. its way to big for a Merlin, and there isnt enough Blue/grey color on its head or the orange colors on its chest for a Falcon Pleas help me with the ID Im kinda new to this birding ID thing Thank you so much

andyarct
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andyarct

Eureka, California, USA

Spotted on Mar 5, 2016
Submitted on Mar 5, 2016

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