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Northern Harrier Circus cyaneus

Fairly common in Kittitas County below ponderosa pine zone in open habitats including farms, rangeland, and shrub-steppe. Fairly common on Whidbey Island, e.g., near military facilities and at Crockett Lake. Uncommon in King County in open wetlands and farmlands, mostly at low elevation, but absent from most of urban core and declining throughout, possibly due to ground-nesting requirement. Only two records from higher elevations with one confirmation near Hull Lake where fledglings recorded 25 June 1998. Only Kitsap County record involved fledged juvenile in late July that may have dispersed from elsewhere.