Volume 6, Plate 6

Long-eared Owl
Marsh Hawk
Swallow-tailed Hawk

Marsh Hawk

This hawk is particularly serviceable to the rice-fields of the southern States, by the havoc it makes among the clouds of rice buntings that spread such devastation among that grain in its early stage. As it sails low and swiftly over the surface of the field, it keeps the flocks in perpetual fluctuation, and greatly interrupts their depredations. The planters consider one marsh hawk to be equal to several negroes for alarming the rice birds. Formerly the marsh hawk used to be numerous along the Schuylkill and Delaware, during the time the reeds were ripening, and the reed birds abundant; but they have of late years become less numerous here.