Thursday, 16 October 2014

Hen Harrier ringtail - Beeley Moor

News of a Rough-legged Buzzard seen flying ESE along Harland Edge at mid-day today by Mick Taylor was followed by a call from Ken to say that he has seen the bird 20 minutes later over Slack Hill flying towards Tansley. 
Ken had also seen 4 Ring Ousel with Redwing in the Cathole area and Simon Roddis reported 1300 this morning passing Upperloads in one hour. Clearly the Rough-leg had gone but I went up on the moor after work on the off chance.
Arriving at Wraggs Quarry I encountered a ring-tail Hen Harrier which gave brief and distant views and provided some compensation for the missed Rough-leg.

Hen Harrier - ring tail 

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