Marsh Harrier

By
Tawny_owl
Wol

Yesterday (Thurs. 3rd May) afternoon I was enjoying the taste of summer weather in the front garden, watching the swifts screeching above, when a large hawk passed overhead, noisily persued by jackdaws. We often see buzzards and sometimes goshawks but this one was too slim to be the former and too long- winged to be a gos. Also the tail was not forked, so that ruled out kite.

I have often seen marsh harriers out at Blacktoft Sands and Lower Derwent Valley, so I am familiar with their profile and this was clearly a ‘Marshy’, miles from its usual habitat.

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5 Jun, 2010
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pam said:

you certainly seem to know your birds Wol, I try hard but some of the birds of prey are very similar , we've been watching what we thought was a sparrow hawk but are now convinced is a young kestrel, the nest we think was in the hawthorn hedge and we now see it regularly swooping into the field near the house and then back (-- always the same branch--)to the tree

5 Jun, 2010
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wol said:

Yes Pam, a lot of hawks & falcons can be confusingly similar though sparrowhawks prefer to live & hunt in well wooded terrain (hence their shorter, blunter wings, whereas kestrels are usually seen in more open country, such as farmland and they also hover frequently. Sparrowhawks only circle and swoop or attack from cover.

5 Jun, 2010
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jane said:

What a fantastic sighting ! We are regularly visited by a pair of sparrow hawks...picking off the fledglings...as you say...often from cover.Thay startle us too with the speed at which they come in......

5 Jun, 2010
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donna said:

I live on the Norfolk broads we have nesting Marsh harriers thet often fly over my garden I love to watch them

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