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MONTAGU'S HARRIER - Circus pygargus

 

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2015:

An adult female was seen soaring on thermals over Pilning Wetland around 10:00 on May 15th before drifting high north east into clouds where it was lost to view. An unconfirmed report of one possibly this species was seen in flight at Stoke Gifford near the Aviva Centre at 17:55 on June 16th.

 

2011:

A 2nd calendar year male was present at Marshfield on July 3rd at about 20:45. First seen over Orchid Lane it drifted slowly south east over the east end of Rushmead Lane and Tormarton Road before dropping onto fence posts near tumbled down farm buildings 200 metres east of Tormarton Road. (ST: 788 753)

 

2008:

A female/ immature was seen in flight on May 12th just north of Tormarton at around 11:00. It was watched in a tree, then in flight heading south towards Marshfield before returning north to be watched north of the B4040 near Lyegrove House, east of the A46.

 

2007:

One, probably this species, was seen on May 1st from a moving car east of the A46 around 400 metres south of Dyrham Park at around 17:00 being mobbed by corvids.

 

2005:

On June 20th at Rushmead Lane/ Tormarton Road near Marshfield, a 2nd calendar male was seen in flight north-west towards West Littleton at 20:00 and remained in the area until the 22nd June. (ST: 779 754)

 

1994:

On June 11th a ‘ringtail’ was located at West Littleton Down.

 

1991:

On October 16th a female flew in over the estuary drifting east at Aust Warth.

 

1982:

A female/ immature was identified on August 3rd near Marshfield.

 

1958:

A ‘ring-tailed’ harrier being mobbed by Rooks was noted on May 25th near Marshfield was believed to be this species. This is the first documented reference to this species in S. Gloucestershire.

 

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