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"Northern Harrier"
Northern Harrier:    Harrier is an English name derived from the Old English word "hergian", meaning "to harrass by hostile attacks" or simply to harass, ravage, or plunder. The scientific name - Circus cyaneus - is derived from the Greek work "kirkos" meaning "circle", (referring to the Harrier's habit of flying in circles) and the word "cyan", meaning "blue", alluding to the color of the Harrier male. In the United States the Harrier was called the "Marsh Hawk" until the 1970s when the AOU revised the name "Marsh Hawk", stating the bird was found in more environments than just marshes. The "Marsh Hawk" became the "Northern Harrier". In England the Harrier is often called the "Hen Harrier".


On March 3, 1806, Captain William Clark, of the Lewis and Clark expedition, wrote in his journal:

"... I observe no difference between the Hawk of this Coast and those of the Atlantic. I have observed the large brown Hawk [most likely the Red-tailed Hawk], the Small or Sparrow hawk [American Kestrel], and a hawk of an intermediate Size with a long tail and blewish coloured wings, remarkably Swift in flight and very ferce. Sometimes called in the Un. States the hen Hawk [Northern Harrier].    those birds Seam to be common to every part of this Country in greater or smaller numbers, and the Hawks, Crows, and ravins build their nests is great numbers along the high & inaxcessable clifts of the Columbia, and Lewis's rivers when we passd along them. ..."

 
... male and female ...

Image, 2009, Steigerwald NWR, Washington, click to enlarge Image, 2008, Sauvie Island, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Left image, Northern Harrier, male, Steigerwald Lake NWR, Washington. Right image, female, Sauvie Island, Oregon. Left image taken October 12, 2009, Canon Rebel, 300z. Right image taken February 23, 2008, Sony A100, 500mm, from Reeder Road Bird Blind.


January ... Sauvie Island, Oregon ...

Image, 2013, Sauvie Island, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Northern Harrier, Sauvie Island, Oregon. Cold crisp sunny winter day. Image taken January 2, 2013. Canon EOS 7d, 400mm.


January ... Shillapoo Wildlife Area, Vancouver, Washington ...

Image, 2010, Shillapoo Wildlife Area, Washington, click to enlarge
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Northern Harrier, Shillapoo Wildlife Area, Vancouver, Washington. Image taken January 3, 2010.


January ... Ridgefield NWR, Washington ...

Image, 2009, Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, click to enlarge
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Northern Harrier. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, January 6, 2009.

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Northern Harrier. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Images taken January 6, 2009.


January ... Shillapoo Wildlife Area, Vancouver, Washington ...

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Northern Harrier, male (left) and female (right), Shillapoo Wildlife Area, Vancouver, Washington. LaFramboise Road. Blustery winter day, spots of sun, spots of rain. Image taken January 8, 2011. Canon EOS 7d, 400mm.


January ... Julia Butler Hansen NWR, Washington ...

Image, 2011, Julia Butler Hansen NWR, Washington, click to enlarge
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Northern Harrier, Julia Butler Hansen NWR, Washington. Image taken January 26, 2011. Canon EOS 7d, 400mm.


February ... Steigerwald Lake NWR, Washington ...

Image, 2010, Steigerwald Lake NWR, Washington, click to enlarge
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Northern Harrier, Steigerwald Lake NWR, Washington. Image taken February 1, 2010.


February ... Woodland Bottoms, Woodland, Washington ...

Image, 2012, Woodland Bottoms, Washington, click to enlarge
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Northern Harrier, male, Woodland Bottoms, Woodland, Washington. Sunny cold and WINDY !!!!!!! Image taken February 3, 2012. Canon EOS 7d, 400mm.
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Northern Harrier, juvenile, Woodland Bottoms, Woodland, Washington. Sunny cold and WINDY !!!!!!! Image taken February 3, 2012. Canon EOS 7d, 400mm.


February ... Sauvie Island, Oregon ...

Image, 2009, Sauvie Island, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Northern Harrier, Sauvie Island, Oregon. View from Reeder Road bird blind. Image taken February 21, 2009.
Image, 2008, Sauvie Island, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Northern Harrier, Sauvie Island, Oregon. View from Reeder Road bird blind. Image taken February 23, 2008.


March ... Sauvie Island, Oregon ...

Image, 2011, Sauvie Island, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Northern Harrier, female, eating on a Snow Goose, Sauvie Island, Oregon. Image taken March 19, 2011. Canon EOS 7d, 400mm.
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Northern Harrier, female, eating on a Snow Goose, Sauvie Island, Oregon. Image taken March 19, 2011. Canon EOS 7d, 400mm.


March ... Steigerwald Lake NWR, Washington ...

Image, 2016, Steigerwald Lake NWR, Washington, click to enlarge Image, 2016, Steigerwald Lake NWR, Washington, click to enlarge
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Northern Harrier, male, Steigerwald Lake NWR, Washington. Windy and sunny. Image taken March 19, 2016. Canon Rebel, 300mm.
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Northern Harrier, male, Steigerwald Lake NWR, Washington. Windy and sunny. Image taken March 19, 2016. Canon Rebel, 300mm.
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Northern Harrier, male, Steigerwald Lake NWR, Washington. Windy and sunny. Image taken March 19, 2016. Canon Rebel, 300mm.


April ... Steigerwald Lake NWR, Washington ...

Image, 2012, Steigerwald Lake NWR, Washington, click to enlarge
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Northern Harrier, male, Steigerwald Lake NWR, Washington. Image taken April 2, 2012. Canon EOS 7d, 400mm.


May ... Steigerwald Lake NWR, Washington ...

Image, 2013, Steigerwald Lake NWR, Washington, click to enlarge
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Northern Harrier, Steigerwald Lake NWR, Washington. Image taken May 25, 2013. Canon EOS 7d, 400mm.
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Northern Harrier, Steigerwald Lake NWR, Washington. Image taken May 25, 2013. Canon EOS 7d, 400mm.
Image, 2013, Steigerwald Lake NWR, Washington, click to enlarge
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Northern Harrier, Steigerwald Lake NWR, Washington. Image taken May 25, 2013. Canon EOS 7d, 400mm.
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Northern Harrier, male, Steigerwald Lake NWR, Washington. Image taken May 25, 2013. Canon EOS 7d, 400mm.
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Northern Harrier, male, Steigerwald Lake NWR, Washington. Image taken May 25, 2013. Canon EOS 7d, 400mm.


June ... Conboy Lake NWR, Washington ...

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Northern Harrier, male, Conboy Lake NWR, Washington. Image taken June 5, 2010. Canon Rebel T1i, 300mm.


November ... Shillapoo Wildlife Area, Vancouver, Washington ...

Image, 2008, Shillapoo Wildlife Area, Washington, click to enlarge
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Northern Harrier, Shillapoo Wildlife Area, Vancouver, Washington. Image taken November 26, 2008.


December ... Shillapoo Wildlife Area, Vancouver, Washington ...

Image, 2009, Shillapoo Wildlife Area, Washington, click to enlarge
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Northern Harrier, female, Shillapoo Wildlife Area, Vancouver, Washington. Image taken December 11, 2009.
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Northern Harrier, female, Shillapoo Wildlife Area, Vancouver, Washington. Image taken December 11, 2009.



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