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Harriers hawks and buzzards

Group: 
Birds

Large birds of prey that hunt by taking prey by surprise.

The information about this group of species has been organised into reports, charts, maps and photos. Click a pic below to see the detail:

Distribution Map Some Charts Some Photographs Sites List Records List Original Tweets Guidance Notes

Osprey

Pandion haliaetus
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Seen around Poole Harbour during migration times, especially autumn.


 

 

Photo by:
Ian Ballam

Honey Buzzard

Pernis apivorus
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An occasional passage migrant in Dorset although do nest further east.


 

 

Photo by:
Internet Open Source

Buzzard

Buteo buteo
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Now the most common bird of prey in Dorset.


Photo by:
Peter Orchard

Rough-legged Buzzard

Buteo lagopus
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A vagrant species seen occassionally in the south east but a rare sight this far west

Photo by:
Internet Open Source

Hen Harrier

Circus cyaneus
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A winter visitor in small numbers to the Poole Harbour area of Dorset.


 

 

Photo by:
Ian Ballam

Montagus Harrier

Circus pygargus
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A scarce British breeding species seen only in Dorset as a passage migrant


 

Photo by:
Internet Open Source

Marsh Harrier

Circus aeruginosus
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Once an occassional winter visitor to Dorset but now a species nesting in the county


 

 

Photo by:
Mark Wright

Red Kite

Milvus milvus
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A vagrant species now being seen in Dorset more frequently.


 

 

Photo by:
Peter Orchard

Goshawk

Accipiter gentilis
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A rare species in Dorset but known to have successfully bred at a secret location in the county.


 

 

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Internet Open Source

Sparrowhawk

Accipiter nisus
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A bird of prey that frequently hunts birds in gardens.


 

Photo by:
Paul Dibden

These much rarer species have also been recorded in Dorset:

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Species Common Name Scientific Name Status
Pallid Harrier Circus macrourus

A very rare migratory harrier from eastern Europe and Asia.