Wednesday, November 22, 2006

73. Northern Harrier

We spotted two Northern Harriers yesterday at the Eufaula National Wildlife refuge. Didn't recognize them when we were watching, but upon looking in the bird book (and subsequently looking it up in other books) there was no mistaking it.

Both birds had the distinctive white rump patches with banded tails, and were flying very low to the ground over a field. They would swoop over the field, and drop down into the bush, to re-emerge again a moment or two later. I'd never seen raptors--or even birds for that matter--behaving similarly. Very cool flight pattern. Now, on to number 74.