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Immature Northern Harrier

Recently while walking in Ash Creek Wildlife Area (Lassen County CA) a “hawk” was perched on a directional sign. I moved toward the bird and it did not fly away, so I continued to approach. Surprisingly I got within about … Continue reading

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Winter Color

Many of our bright, colorful birds have migrated to more temperate climes for the winter. The western meadowlark (Sturnella neglecta) does not desert us on the sagebrush steppe of Northeastern California during cold weather. Although its melodious song is not … Continue reading

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Northern Harrier Hearing

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As I mentioned in an earlier post, Northern harrier is the currently accepted common name for Circus cyanus (or cyaneus, as it is also written). But having originally learned marsh hawk as the common name for this bird, I continue … Continue reading

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Northern Harrier

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The current name for this raptor is a northern harrier (Circus cyaneus). However, when I first learned to identify a northern harrier it was called a “marsh hawk”. Plus marsh hawk seems to flow more smoothly than northern harrier. So, … Continue reading

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