February 25, 2008 in Keepers Log, More Logbook

Northern Harrier

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A raptor swooped down near the jetty beyond the dock as if striking at something. It came up with empty talons. The raptor continued to glide and circle over the reeds and shoreline. Its distinctive white rump identified it as a Northern Harrier. Its brownish coloring suggested that it was female. Eventually, the bird alighted on a snag in the cattails and perched in full view of the parlor windows. I admired it for sometime. Unfortunately, my scope was broken, so I couldn’t get a close up view. After awhile, the harrier found a perch farther along the jetty, more secluded from the trail, which was busy with foot traffic on this sunny day.

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