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Hen Harrier

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A winter visitor in small numbers to the Poole Harbour area of Dorset.



Photograph by: 
Ian Ballam

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Sites List Distribution Map Some Charts Some Photographs Original Tweets Relatives Guidance Notes
Common Name Hen Harrier
Scientific Name Circus cyaneus
Status Scarce
Interest Level
Species Family Harriers, hawks and buzzards
  • 10 - October
  • 11 - November
  • 12 - December
Preferred Environment
  • Heathland
  • Reed beds
Look for An owl-like face on a standard bird of prey body!
Additional Identification Notes
  • Now hunted to extinction in England some pairs still successfully breed in Scotland
  • Only the male is grey, the female is brown with a white bar on the tail (they are known as ring-tails)
  • They have an elaborate display flight in spring which gives them the name of sky dancers