Harriers, hawks and buzzards

Group: 
Birds

Large birds of prey that hunt by taking prey by surprise.

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Osprey

Pandion haliaetus
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Seen around Poole Harbour during migration times, especially autumn.


 

 

Honey Buzzard

Pernis apivorus
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An occasional passage migrant in Dorset although do nest further east.


 

 

Buzzard

Buteo buteo
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Now the most common bird of prey in Dorset.


Hen Harrier

Circus cyaneus
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A winter visitor in small numbers to the Poole Harbour area of Dorset.


 

 

Marsh Harrier

Circus aeruginosus
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Once an occassional winter visitor to Dorset but now a species nesting in the county


 

 

Red Kite

Milvus milvus
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A vagrant species now being seen in Dorset more frequently.


 

 

Goshawk

Accipiter gentilis
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A rare species in Dorset but known to have successfully bred at a secret location in the county.


 

 

Sparrowhawk

Accipiter nisus
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A bird of prey that frequently hunts birds in gardens.


 

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