Sunday, March 14, 2021

Northern Harrier

While Erika and I watched the Coyote we reported in our last post (at the Nisqually national wildlife refuge on 12 March 2021), a hen Northern Harrier flew low to the ground. The raptor flew alongside our trail at the edge of the marsh. When the raptor reached the Coyote, the harrier swung around and circled the coyote. Perhaps the harrier was attracted by whatever the Coyote was molesting. Harriers take a variety of prey, but specialize in hunting small rodents, especially voles. In this respect, the prey of harriers and omnivorous Coyotes probably greatly overlap.

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