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Set B1 - British Birds - card information

15. The Hen Harrier
(Circus cyaneus)

15. The Hen Harrier

Once common in most parts of the British Isles, owing its name to the poultry keeper's fears for her chickens, the Hen Harrier is now rare in this country. To find it nesting one must visit such places as the islands of the Orkney Group. It was on Mainland, Orkney, that our picture was obtained. It shows a female at her nest tending her five Young ones. Her owl-like facial disc should be noted, for it is characteristic of these fine hawks, even if not so obvious in the pale grey-blue male.