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Hen Harrier

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


 

 

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Common Name Hen Harrier
Scientific Name Circus cyaneus
Status Scarce
Interest Level
4
Species Family Harriers, hawks and buzzards
Visible
  • 10 - October
  • 11 - November
  • 12 - December
Preferred Environment
  • Heathland
  • Reed beds
Look for An owl-like face on a standard bird of prey body!
Additional Identification Notes
  • Now hunted to extinction in England some pairs still successfully breed in Scotland
  • Only the male is grey, the female is brown with a white bar on the tail (they are known as ring-tails)
  • They have an elaborate display flight in spring which gives them the name of sky dancers