Northern Harrier

Circus cyaneus

There are only two documented records for this species in the Pribilofs, although a prior record apparently exists as well. Both of the recent reports involve birds in fall. In 2003, a Northern Harrier was observed twice between September 22 and 24. In 2004 one was briefly seen flying along the road at Big Lake on September 18. There are two other species of Harriers in eastern Asia that could someday reach the Bering Sea. Both Pied and Marsh Harriers lack large white rump patches that are easily seen on Northern Harrier. Since Harriers are so rare on the Pribilofs, it would be unwise to search actively for them, just keep one eye to the skies while driving through the grassy eastern half of the island!