Category Archives: Raptors

The Stanford Hen Harrier

Hen Harrier with ‘Northern’ trait First seen by Ian Bartlett on 13th November, this juvenile male Hen Harrier is as much stunningly well-marked as it is difficult to catch up with. It was next observed on 17th and has since … Continue reading

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All you ever wanted to know about Raptors …

Jennifer Anderson will shortly be running a course  on Raptors in the library at Higham Ferrers. The course consists of six modules and covers the Conservation, Ecology, Biology and  Anatomy, life cycles, endangered species and the history of mans association with birds … Continue reading

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Marsh Harrier

When I saw my first Marsh Harriers at Minsmere in the early 70s I felt privileged. They were one of the rarest breeding species in Britain and records in Northamptonshire averaged one per year. Thankfully their numbers have increased, and … Continue reading

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Peregrine Survey

This spring the BTO is organising a nationwide Peregrine survey to record the number of occupied territories in the UK, Isle of Man and the Channel Islands. Details are on the BTO website here and they will be working closely with established … Continue reading

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Two-harrier day

While some of us were sweltering under canvas at Birdfair others were out in the field, finding good birds. Harrington Airfield was clearly the place to be as, at 08.30, Neil Underwood had a Marsh Harrier between the concrete track … Continue reading

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Marsh Harriers in Northants

The continued presence of a Marsh Harrier at Pitsford Reservoir over the past few days has provided a good excuse for a snapshot of the status of this species in Northamptonshire. Seen only briefly in Walgrave Bay by Neil & … Continue reading

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Secrets of a Peregrine’s Lair

In recent years Peregrines have habitually used the 418-foot National Lift Tower (formerly Express Lifts Tower) in Northampton to roost and to hunt from. Some 4-5 years ago a pair – which included an immature female – took up almost permanent … Continue reading

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