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Monday, 1 May 2017
Northern or Hen Harrier.
I'm not bad at identifying wild birds; they've been an interest of mine since I was quite small.
Over the past 10 years or so I've occasionally seen a hawk-type bird that kept me guessing. It flies quite close to the ground, covers a huge area very quickly, then disappears. It's been turning-up just once a year, then we don't see it again for another 12 months.
It is basically all pale grey/white, but with black wing tips. I did think it was a Goshawk, but having recently studied it quite carefully through my binoculars, I'm now 99% sure that it's a Northern Harrier a.k.a. Hen Harrier.
I'm sure it will remain in the area because this year we've seen two of them together, and presume they will breed. I do hope so, it's a stunningly beautiful bird.
STORIES NOW SILENCED ..........
*Little did I know that the GIF of a sparkler that I put in my last post
to wish everyone a Happy New Year would have caused so much pain and be so
1 week ago
The difference between an optimist and a pessimist, is that the optimist enjoys himself whilst waiting for the inevitable! I AM that optimist!
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I was born just south of London, but for the past 46 years I've lived in S W France. I am a painter by profession, and writer by desire. Lady Magnon and I live in an ancient cottage, in a tiny village, in perfectly tranquil countryside. We have a vegetable garden called 'Haddock's' (this may crop up from time to time), plenty of fruit trees, and a view that takes the breath away; we also have a Border Collie called Billy. I try to treat our planet with respect, and encourage others to do likewise (without preaching).
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