Image from page 81 of "The book of birds; common birds of town and country and American game birds" (1921)
Authors: Henshaw, Henry W. (Henry Wetherbee), 1850-1930 National Geographic Society (U.S.) Fuertes, Louis Agassiz, 1874-1927 Kennard, Frederic Hedge, 1865- Cooke, Wells Woodbridge, 1858-1916 Shiras, George, 1859-1942
Subjects: Birds -- United States
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© Howard os^ul•;^•, ok fish h.wvk, kisinc i-kom .\ strike When a fish is sighted, this l)ir(l checks himself directly over tlic quarry on wings thatbeat horizontally, then down he goes at reckless speed, with wings foldcii and talons wideopen. There is a great siilash as the hawk strikes the water and seizes the lish In- tlie back.In tlie picture above tiie osi)rey had been deceived by an artiticial gold fish anchored by anl8-ounce stone, and it shows hiin shooting upward after the decoy had slipped from his grasp. 67
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68 MARSH HAWK (Circus hudsonius) Length, about 19 inches. The ashy upperparts, white rump, and long tail of the adultmale sufficiently distinguish this hawk; whilethe fuscous upper parts and l)uff under partsmuch streaked with brown distinguish the fe-male and young. Range: Breeds through much of Canada,south to the middle United States; winters inthe United States, especially in the South. Though not exclusively a marsh frequenter,as its name might seem to imply, this hawkprefers open country, and its favorite huntinggrounds are meadow and marsh, in which itnests on the ground. It flies rather low, thebetter to see and drop suddenly upon the luck-less meadow mice—its favorite food. Unfor-tunately small birds form part of its fare, andthere are localities, like Cape Cod and AlarthasVineyard, in Massachusetts, where this hawkhas earned a bad reputation as a destroyer ofpoultry and game. However, over much thelarger part of the vast territory it inhabits themarsh hawk is a rodent eate
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