Friends who live on 500 acres near Willamina, OR, sent me this photo and asked what this bird is. I can't tell. Help!
It wasn't very big, about a foot tall and the posts are just regular fence posts. It was early this morning. The other pictures are about the same. It has a yellow beak if that helps.
Wow! Oregon Birders On Line were fast with their responses. All respondents said it's a male Northern Harrier. Hannah Fritz sent this link to a Northern Harrier in a similar pose: http://esask.uregina.ca/management/app/assets/img/enc2/selectedbig/51BF7705-1560-95DA-43A437B440D46746.jpg