Hen Harrier

Hen Harrier Circus cyaneus (Linnaeus, 1766)

Hen Harrier Circus cyaneus (Linnaeus, 1766)

(Very rare PM & WV)

  1. One, ringtail, 22nd Feb. 1966 (A.C. Leach, H.W. Neal).
  2. One, ♀ not aged, 7th Jan. 1977 (D. Warden).
  3. One, ringtail, 7th Jan. 1979.
  4. One, immature or 1st-winter ♂, 6th April 1991 (R.M. Curber).
  5. One, immature ♂, 4th Dec. 1991 (R.M. Andrews).
  6. One, immature ♂, 15th Jan. 1995 (A.D. Scott).
  7. One, adult ♂, 23rd Jan. 1995 (R.M. Curber).
  8. One, adult ♂, 7th April 2002 (N.R. Milbourne, I. Stapp et al.).
  9. One, adult ♂, 8th Dec. 2002 (N.R. Milbourne), presumed same also on 14th Dec. (N.R. Milbourne), 26th Dec. (N.R. Milbourne), & 17th Jan. 2003 (N.R. Milbourne, S. Isgar).*
  10. One, ringtail, 17th Oct. 2004 (C.J. Vines).

I didn't send in a description of the sighting on 17th January 2003 as I took it to be the wintering bird previously noted in Dec. 2002 on three ocasions. It wasn't, therefore, published in the Avon Bird Report. It flew west down the middle of the lake at Top End and over Rainbow Point at 1645 hrs watched by Simon Isgar and myself.

Bibliography (sources of information)

  1. Chadwick, P.J. (ed.). Avon Bird Report, 1977. Bristol Naturalists' Society.
  2. Davis, A.H. (ed.). Avon Bird Report, 1991. Avon Ornithological Group.
  3. Davis, A.H. (ed.). Avon Bird Report, 1995. Avon Ornithological Group.
  4. Davis, A.H. (ed.). Avon Bird Report, 2002. Avon Ornithological Group.
  5. Davis, H.H. (ed.). Bristol Bird Report, 1966. Bristol Naturalists' Society.
  6. McGeoch, J.A. (ed.). Somerset Birds, 1966. Somerset Ornithological Society.
  7. Payne, D. (ed.). Bird News, Jan. 1979. Bristol Ornithological Club.
  8. Rose, H.E. Dr (ed.). Avon Bird Report, 2003. Avon Ornithological Group.
  9. Rose, H.E. Dr (ed.). Avon Bird Report, 2004. Avon Ornithological Group.

Updated 18 September, 2013