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This was taken by my friend, Laurie Jensen. I don't know any details.
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...
And I never said owl-like disk. I said owl face
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
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.
https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Nort...Tell that to Cornell
male harriers do not have the owl-like facial disk or a female or immature male...
Would it be an immature one Ashley?
Yes, it's a harrier
are you sure. I don't see the owl face and there seems to be a lot of feathers down the leg.
Male Northern Harrier was correct. All field marks are correct
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
Spotted on Mar 5, 2016 Submitted on Mar 5, 2016
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