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A Marsh Hawk is a Harrier.
It is my belief this bird was first known as a Marsh Hawk, then later classified scientifically it became a Harrier. However, I must admit I am not a scientist, so the opposite could be true. At any rate, a Marsh Hawk is beautiful to watch as it hunts close to the ground and along the edges of ponds . In flight, the Marsh Hawk’s white rump shows as a bright white stripe across the top of its tail. This marking makes the Marsh Hawk easy to identify as it flies close to the ground dipping down to get a closer look at what may become lunch.
The bird in the photo is a juvenile, according to “Sibley Birds West.”
I’m still thinking: This bird was known as a Marsh Hawk first by locals, then later classified scientifically. If I’m wrong, somebody will let me know.