27 February 2012
Pied or Hen Harrier? 27-2-2012
Yesterday Wayne and I saw a female harrier (1st cy, I guess) on Red River Island.
First impression, female Pied. But then we noticed that the bird appeared to be a bit stronger, broader/shorter-winged. The markings under its wings seem to be right for Hen Harrier which is an extremely rare bird in the region.
Any comments very welcome...
There was a birding group there as well, and I thought I'd spotted Hung, so maybe some further comments from them (if they've seen this bird, and didn't only watch the male Pied!).
Other than that, 1 Pintail Snipe, loads of Red-throated Pipits, a few Citrine and Yellow Wagtails plus the resident Black-shouldered Kite.
We all think that is the female of Pied Harrier. I was there with some very skeen birders of birdquest's group. I am in Misty Tam Dao now, having a good view of Blue-naped Pitta along the water tank trail. No Laughingthrush and Parrotbill.