Saturday, 25 March 2017

Winter Hen Harrier Survey Draws to a Close.


So another winter Hen Harrier survey comes to an end but with the change in weather and spring here there is more to be getting on with until the next winter season survey commences. 

There has been some good days this winter sitting out on the moors and heaths looking and waiting for Harriers to come in at the days end. I have to say that I visited 3 different sites reguarly this winter but my own survey site location failed to produce any sightings which is disappointing but a reflection of what is happening elsewhere with this species throughout the country. Talking with Dorset roost watchers they also state that this was a poor year compared to others. 

So as I walked off site staring at the fire-balling sun as it set over the heath I pondered on how the next winter season will be for the Harriers. 

The day ended with two Hen Harriers, an adult male that drifted through and then a female lingering, dancing in the buffeting wind. A Female Merlin sat motionless in a nearby bush watching over the nearby valley.