One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A dark-backed Old World harrier that frequents marshes and reed beds.
Genus Circus, family Accipitridae: several species
- ‘Any list of Norfolk ornithological successes must include the marsh harrier.’
- ‘The aim of the project is to provide a haven for threatened wildlife such as the avocet and marsh harriers whose numbers have dwindled significantly in recent years.’
- ‘We spotted teal, shoveller, shelduck, Bewick swans, redshank, snipe and a marsh harrier flying low across the reedbeds - a wonderful sight.’
- ‘Water voles also find a refuge here, and you may see hares boxing in the spring or marsh harriers in the summer.’
- ‘At the laundry pond a marsh harrier was harassing the ducks and coots, flying low over them and flushing them out of the reeds and into open water.’
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