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Bird Sightings : Hebrides : Marsh Harrier

 

 

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Marsh Harrier

(Eurasian Marsh Harrier, European Marsh Harrier, Western Marsh Harrier, Western Marsh-Harrier)

Circus aeruginosus

Gaelic: Clamhan l òin

 

  • Marsh Harrier ( Eurasian Marsh Harrier, European Marsh Harrier, Western Marsh Harrier, Western Marsh-Harrier)
  • Circus aeruginosus
  • Gaelic: Clamhan l òin
  • WI: Scarce passage visitor (very small numbers recorded in most years. April - October
  • UK Migrant/Resident Breeder, Passage Visitor. AMBER LIST 206 females (summer) BTO
  • Breeds: Shallow freshwater rivers or lakes. Europe to Asia, Africa
  • Winters: (UK small resident population) South of breeding range to Africa, Asia
  • Habitat: Marshland, reedbeds, farmland by wetlands
  • Diet: Small birds, mammals.
  • Largest harrier. Recognised by long tail, soaring light flight - wings held in shallow V-shape
  • Similar birds Hen harrier, Buzzard

 

 

Marsh Harrier records in the Western Isles

Scarce passage visitor (very small numbers recorded in most years)
Source: Outer Hebrides Bird Report (2001)

 

The chart below shows how abundant the Marsh Harrier is during a month or when you are more likely to see it.

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(Source: Outer Hebrides Birds Checklist)

 

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