Aylmerton Nature Diary

Sunday 9th July

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Female Montagu’s Harrier, delivering food to the nest

I strayed outside the area this afternoon to take a look at one of Britain’s rarest breeding birds of prey. The female came to deliver food to her three chicks as we watched, from a safe distance, over the nest site, in a remote corner of the county. Montagu’s Harrier are always a pleasure to see – so buoyant and graceful in flight. She soon disappeared though into the stand of barley. It’s expected that the young will fledge any day now and quickly disperse – and that will be it for another year for this ethereal Norfolk raptor.

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