[Tweeters] A pishing Northern Harrier?

Carl Haynie hayncarl at gmail.com
Mon Jan 11 05:47:51 PST 2021

Hi Tweets,

I was out along W Snoqualmie River Rd in King County late yesterday
afternoon just before it started to mist when I saw an interesting sight.

In my scope I was enjoying a distant adult female Northern Harrier perched
down low in tall grass. As I watched, it started ‘flapping its gums’
similar to how a house cat reacts when a bird appears outside the window.
While inaudible to me, it wasn’t to a Marsh Wren that popped up out of the
grass behind it!

Once seeing the source, the wren quickly dove back down. Was the harrier
pishing out prey species? After all, they are known to take sparrows and
such. I’m guessing it probably was not on account it wouldn’t have been in
any position to quickly catch anything. Then again, maybe it was taking
Carl Haynie
Sammamish, WA
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