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#1 Melissa :)

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Posted 01 July 2012 - 03:10 AM

I saw a medium to large sized hawk-like bird flying low over a stretch of marshland. It was a brownish gray overall with white on the wings. Could this be a Northern Harrier? They are fairly common in the area. Seen along the Rehobeth Bay.

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Posted 01 July 2012 - 03:16 AM

Based on your description of behavior and appearance, I'd say Northern Harrier is more than likely.

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Posted 01 July 2012 - 03:21 AM

I saw a medium to large sized hawk-like bird flying low over a stretch of marshland.



That's a perfect description of a Northern Harrier: flying low over marshland. Did you notice a prominent white rump? That's a great field mark for a Harrier.

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Posted 01 July 2012 - 06:41 PM

Flew too fast for me to see it-- and it didn't help that I was in a car driving fast on the highway. :P Thanks for the ID!! Northern Harrier is a lifer! Oh, and would it be a female since it was brownish?

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Posted 01 July 2012 - 06:44 PM

Young males are brownish as well, even through their first summer.

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Posted 01 July 2012 - 06:45 PM

Thanks psweet!

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