I know these pictures are terrible, so it may be hard to confirm or refute....but posting anyway just to note it for myself. This bird was large, brown and white, and matched well the foraging behavior for the northern harrier as described in the Merlin bird ID app.
No pics, just audible observation while out for early morning walk with the dog ... a lot of chatter across inlet ... methinks a full lake bodes well for winter residency this year ; )
Golden Eagle, Surprise Valley, Modoc Co., CA. Photo by J.R.
The Accipitridae, one of the two major families within the order Accipitriformes (the diurnal birds of prey), are a family of small to large birds with strongly hooked bills and variable morphology based on diet. They feed on a range of prey items from insects to medium-sized mammals, with a number feeding on carrion and a few feeding on fruit. The Accipitridae have a cosmopolitan distribution, being found on all the world's continents (except Antarctica) and...