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Northern Harrier (Circus hudsonius) upupa-epops Mon, 14 Dec 2020 12:42:15 AM UTC

does it need to be obscured in any of these states?



Currently obscured in:
Arizona, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia

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I'm guessing the vast majority of observations are migrants and that breeding birds are more threatened by habitat loss than targeted disturbance. eBird does not list it as a sensitive species anywhere.

Posted by upupa-epops almost 3 years ago

Harriers were once obscured in Oregon where I live. From my experience, harriers thrive in a variety of open habitats but I've noticed they are highly dependent on marshes, especially for nesting. I live by a place called Ladd Marsh and it's the largest marsh in the state because of conservation efforts to keep agriculture out of the vicinity. It's not that hard to find 20-30 harriers in the same stretch of marsh. But I do notice they get progressively harder to find once you're in habitats like agriculture, prairie or steppe, even so in the summertime. I think state obscuring decisions should be made on the amount of marsh habitat.

Posted by birdwhisperer almost 3 years ago

I would imagine the issues with this species are more to do with habitat loss than disturbance or poaching. I think opening it up in all or most of those states would be a good idea.

Posted by raymie almost 3 years ago

Yeah, I agree, I don't see why this species would be obscured.

Posted by whimbrelbirder almost 3 years ago

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