I was sitting at my back door-wall today looking out at my feeders.. I have large flocks of Tree Sparrows, Juncos and Goldfinches… I was going to photograph the American Tree Sparrows because I was bored and I like there two toned bills… All of a sudden the birds all take off and what floats right thru my yard… A Northern Harrier…. It surprised me at first and then I aimed my camera at it and shot as it moved on thru… It circled around one more time before taking off…. I get them in the fields behind my house only in the winter time and mostly in February…. This is the first one this year….
Addendum: I received an email from Allen Chartier and I thought this was very interesting and informative.. Thanks Allen! “Did you happen to notice that the outer five primaries, and all the secondaries, are gray (recently replaced) while the inner five primaries are old and brown? This is what the Pyle guide (the one banders use) calls a “molt limit” and it is very cool whenever such things are visible on free-flying birds”