Northern Harrier - Juvenile Female

British Columbia, Canada

I usually see Northern Harrier's ( Circus hudsonius ) coursing low over fields or marshes, but this morning I was fortunate to see one perched in a tree. I got the impression that this female was a juvenile. They capture small birds and mammals with a pounce. The other birds were very upset the Northern Harrier was perched above them and refused to leave the safety of the tree's inner branches.