Driftless Prairies: Native Habitat Restoration

Nature inspires awe!

Northern Harrier

Also known as the Gray Ghost because of its feather coloring.  It is the only one of this genus that is found on every continent, except Antarctica. Harriers have keener hearing than other hawks and hunt by flying low to the ground making a surprise attack on their prey. When you see them they are usually operating on powered flight (vs gliding); they rely on this more than other raptors. In flight, their “lazy, loping” wingbeat is a good way to recognize them.

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