Marsh Harrier (Circus aeruginosus)
Species
Marsh Harrier (Circus aeruginosus). Taken at Otmoor, Oxon., on March 26th 2018.
Taken at Otmoor, Oxon., on March 26th 2018.
(1/1600th sec at f11. Click image for larger version. © David Hastings)

Description

L: 43 - 55 cm; WS: 115 - 140 cm

The Marsh Harrier is a medium-sized raptor and the largest and broadest-winged harrier. It is distinguishable from other harriers by its larger size, heavier build, broader wings and absence of white on the rump. Females are larger than males and have obvious creamy heads.

Marsh Harriers are mainly found in eastern and south-east England, with some in the north-west, south-west and Scotland. Birds return to their breeding areas by April and leave for Africa in September and October, although a growing number are staying all year round.

They are usually associated with marshland and dense reedbeds.

It has Amber status on the British list. There are around 400 breeding pairs in the UK.

Sightings

06-Jun-2018 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
01-May-2018 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
26-Mar-2018 : Otmoor, Oxon (3)
13-Mar-2018 : Fuerteventura, Canary Islands (1)
30-Jan-2018 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)

04-Dec-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon (2)
12-Oct-2017 : Morston Salt Marsh, Norfolk (1)
03-Oct-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
20-Sep-2017 : Radipole Lake, Dorset (1)
26-Aug-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon (2)
12-Jun-2017 : Croatia
30-May-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon (2)
13-Apr-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
25-Mar-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
19-Feb-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon (2)
04-Feb-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon (2)

28-Dec-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
13-Nov-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
06-Nov-2016 : La Janda, Spain (6+)
23-Oct-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
18-Sep-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (2)
11-Sep-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (2)
04-Jul-2016 : Leighton Moss, Lancashire (2)
26-Jun-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
30-Apr-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
17-Apr-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
13-Mar-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
23-Jan-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (2)

29-Dec-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
20-Dec-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (2)
22-Nov-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
24-Oct-2015 : Titchwell Marsh, Norfolk (1)
23-Oct-2015 : Cley Marshes, Norfolk (2)
07-Sep-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
02-Aug-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (2)
01-Jun-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
27-Apr-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
09-Apr-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)

01-Nov-2014 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
19-Oct-2014 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
01-Aug-2014 : Leighton Moss, Lancashire (3)
31-Jul-2014 : Leighton Moss, Lancashire (2)