marsh hawk


  • WordNet 3.6
    • n marsh hawk common harrier of North America and Europe; nests in marshes and open land
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Marsh hawk (Zoöl) A hawk or harrier (Circus cyaneus), native of both America and Europe. The adults are bluish slate above, with a white rump. Called also hen harrier, and mouse hawk.
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In literature:

On their arrival at the castle they learned that Buckingham and the king were hawking in the marshes two or three leagues away.
"The Three Musketeers" by Alexandre Dumas, Pere
A brown Marsh Hawk came skimming over the river flat as the sun began his color play.
"Animal Heroes" by Ernest Thompson Seton
Next a marsh hawk in brown plumage comes skimming over the grass.
"A Florida Sketch-Book" by Bradford Torrey
Marsh lands please me best, and so I am called the Marsh Hawk.
"Citizen Bird" by Mabel Osgood Wright and Elliott Coues
Back and forth over the Green Meadows sailed Whitetail the Marsh Hawk.
"The Adventures of Grandfather Frog" by Thornton W. Burgess
The sensations of my climb into this fish-hawk's nest of the marsh are vivid even now.
"Roof and Meadow" by Dallas Lore Sharp
Spring came early and with the first marsh hawk Brian was on the road, his eager youth crying out to the spring's hope and laughter.
"Kenny" by Leona Dalrymple
A much bigger splashing drew me quietly through the bushes to find a marsh hawk giving himself a Christmas souse.
"Modern Prose And Poetry; For Secondary Schools" by Various
The one in question, Lucien said, was the "marsh-hawk," sometimes also called the "hen-harrier.
"Popular Adventure Tales" by Mayne Reid
As he straightened up and glanced around he saw a large marsh-hawk winnowing low across the river.
"The Watchers of the Trails" by Charles G. D. Roberts
The Marsh Hawks always keep together after pairing, working jointly in building the nest, in sitting upon the eggs, and in feeding the young.
"Birds Illustrated by Color Photography [May, 1897]" by Various
Most country boys, I fancy, know the marsh hawk.
"Bird Stories from Burroughs" by John Burroughs
And in the crystal clear air overhead, swept clean of all city soot, soared a marsh hawk or two and an osprey.
"Old Plymouth Trails" by Winthrop Packard
His conspicuous dark body, darting over the light surface of the stack, caught the eye of a great hawk soaring high above the marshes.
"The Haunters of the Silences" by Charles G. D. Roberts
The Marsh Hawk is an exception.
"Color Key to North American Birds" by Frank M. Chapman
Then the hawk and weasel fell through the air, turning over and over, and came plump upon the marsh.
"The Swan and Her Crew" by George Christopher Davies
I turned to look at the marsh hawks just in time to see the female alight on the ground by a stunted willow bush far across the marsh.
"Everyday Adventures" by Samuel Scoville

In news:

(Dec 18, 2008) While walking my dog Chuck in the Arcata marsh and wildlife sanctuary last Thursday evening we came suddenly upon a juvenile red tail hawk.
Birding at Hawks Prairie Reclaimed Water Ponds: Walk the easy gravel paths around the reclamation ponds, marshes, and vegetation looking for ducks, raptors, passerines, and wading birds.