Annie spotted at WWT Caerlaverock
The moor, along with many other parts of the country received a heavy fall of snow on the night of the 28th January. We waited to see if the snow would force the harriers to move to easier feeding grounds near the coast. On the 29th January a ringtail sat tagged Hen Harrier was spotted at WWT Caerlaverock causing a flurry of Twitter excitement as we knew Annie was not far north of Dumfries. Data confirms that Annie has indeed moved south and was in the Caerlaverock area yesterday. The first winter for any raptor is a difficult one as they face the challenges of cold and finding prey in challenging conditions, it great to know she has made the sensible move to the Solway coast where she can hopefully find enough prey to survive this harsh weather. Keep your eyes open and send us any new of sightings firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Tracks onto the moor had a heavy covering of snow|
|Blue skies today over the moor (30th January)|
|Langholm Town with Whita Hill behind (Tom Hutton)|
Meanwhile the Red Grouse stay on the moor regardless of the weather, and could be heard chuckling away today.
|Red Grouse, Langholm moor|
Our project volunteers have been busy building a hide at our moorland bird feeding station to make wildlife watching a little more comfortable and limit disturbance to the feeding birds. It is not quite finished yet but we'll be out again this weekend and I'll post a blog update when it is ready to use.