Loess Hills Audubon Society exists to educate individuals and the general public, to
enjoy and promote birding, to support ornithology, and to be an advocate for wild areas and environmental issues.
"Loess Hills Audubon Society is a Chapter of National Audubon Society, Inc."
Last Month's Bird Of The Month
|October 2015 Bird Of Month
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. Males are gray above and whitish below with black wingtips, a dark trailing edge to
the wing, and a black-banded tail. Females and immatures are brown, with black
bands on the tail. Adult females have whitish undersides with brown streaks, whereas immatures
are buffy, with less streaking. Northern Harriers breed in wide-open habitats ranging from Arctic
tundra to prairie grasslands to fields and marshes. Their nests are concealed on the ground in grasses
or wetland vegetation. In migration and winter, harriers typically move south away from
areas that receive heavy snow cover. They are commonly found at the Owego Wetlands
in our area.