Northern Harrier

Circus cyaneus

Formerly known as the marsh hawk, the Northern Harrier is the only North American hawk to have evolved a facial disk similar to an owl. Even a beginner birder can identify this bird as it flies by exposing its white rump patch. This beauty can be seen "wobbly" flying over grasslands, fields, or marshes with its wings in a V-shape when hunting. Following a sudden and unexpected pounce, it captures small birds and mammals with its ling yellow legs.