The Northern Harrier is often called a marsh hawk, as marshes are their favorite hunting grounds. They are about the same size as a red-tailed hawk, but the northern harriers have a white band around the base of their tail that makes them relatively easy to identify. Here’s a few interesting facts about northern harriers, they are one of the few raptors to nest on the ground. Also, these are the only hawk-like bird known to practice polygyny, one male mates with several females. When incubating eggs, the female sits on the nest while the male hunts and brings food to her and the chicks. Up to five females have been known to mate with one male in a season. That’s got to keep him busy, feeding that many mouths!
I have to apologize for the photos for this post, they aren’t the greatest, but they do show the manner in which northern harriers hunt for the small mammals that make up the majority of their diet.
I do hope to add some better photos soon, but I can’t say when that will be.
That’s it for this one, thanks for stopping by!