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marsh harrier

a European harrier, Circus aeruginosus, that frequents marshy regions
(US & Canadian) Also marsh hawk. a common harrier, Circus cyaneus, that flies over fields and marshes and nests in marshes and open land Also called (in Britain and certain other countries) hen harrier
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  • The young ones take to the water as soon as they are hatched, but they often fall a prey to the marsh harrier.

    Reptiles and Birds Louis Figuier
  • The marsh harrier which measures twenty-one to twenty-three inches is a formidable foe to moles and mice, rabbits and reptiles.

  • In habits both birds resemble the marsh harrier, but do not confine themselves to damp places.

  • The marsh harrier is a widely dispersed species, being found, says Temminck, in all countries where there are marshes.

  • A covey of young grouse whirr heavily over the nearest brae—but the marsh harrier remains.

    Poachers and Poaching John Watson

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