Miranda is keeping us guessing
Many thanks to Stephen Murphy for this update:
'I should know by now not to try to second-guess harrier routes. It appears the supposition made in the last update that she was primed for the crossing to Scotland was wrong, or at least premature, she is residing near the Garron Plateau in the Antrim Hills in Northern Ireland.
This is not the first time Miranda has visited this area. Between the 27th and 29th of October 2013 she flew from the Antrim coast at Cushendall to Slemish, so would have naturally flew over the Garron Plateau and surrounding hills.
In the last week, Miranda roosted near Loch Neagh, within 5km of a roost used by Heather in the autumn/winter of 2013. It was hoped the two satellite tracked harriers would meet up but this has not happened. However, given these two birds could travel anywhere in Europe, the 5km square that hosted both birds, albeit a few months apart must have something that is attractive to the species.
|Miranda 20 day tracking data to 20th April 2014|
|15th - 20th April|
Where to next? Data due in any minute so if you don’t hear anything presume she is in Antrim!
Data this am 23rd April shows Miranda is still in Antrim.
Meanwhile Hattie and Grainne are enjoying the sunshine (yes sunshine) on Langholm moor. This is one of the best seasons we've had at Langholm in several years in terms of early season harrier activity.. but we can only hope this will translate into breeding activity and success..
|Composite image of female Hen Harrier(Hattie) skydancing (David Palmer)|
We are lucky enough to have the support of two accomplished wildlife photographers - David Palmer (www.photoscot.co.uk) and Bob Little www.powfootphotography.com and will be sharing some of their images on this blog.