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Monday 1 March 2010

Hen Harrier vs Peregrine

A walk on the downs above Norton, Bishopstone this afternoon resulted in a great mixture of birds with a few good highlights.

Half hour into the walk heading towards Denton Hill a ringtail Hen Harrier was observed flyling low across a field. Whilst watching this a squeal from above alerted my attention to a Peregrine chasing a solitary Woodpigeon. Several attempts were made by the Peregrine , often tearing out feathers off the Pigeon, but unfortunately both birds went out of view so the outcome was uncertain.

Just after this another or the same Hen Harrier was seen flying low across the same field, but this time heading straight towards the Peregrine which had landed in the field. Both birds took part in a mid-air palava, with the Peregrine making many high pitched noises before shooting off like a rocket in yet another persuit of a Woodpigeon, yet again the outcome uncertain.

Peregrine and Hen Harrier battling it out
Others birds seen included 2 Common Buzzards, 14 Corn Buntings and a Red-legged Partridge heard, but sadly not seen as i still need it for a yeartick in Sussex.