Thursday, 31 March 2016

Adult Female Northern Harrier

   I was photographing ducks at Hemeon's Head when this bird flew into view on March 13. She caught a mouse and flew to another spot to devour it and then returned to hunt the same area for several minutes possibly with some success again since she disappeared into the grass and didn't reappear for some time. I've been trying to decide whether the animal in her talons was a mouse or a meadow vole, the white belly would seem to indicate a mouse although I don't know my rodents nearly as well as I know my birds.
   I haven't seen any harriers in the area lately so I guess this bird and the adult male seen earlier were just passing through the area.

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