The Return of the Pied Harriers

Our winter season visitors are back! The Pied Harriers are very visible, flying around the cottage. This time there are three of them. The mother and immature duo are now a trio of the mother, an adult male (we think it’s Tali, all grown up now) and another immature bird. The trio is much better at keeping the crows at bay. We haven’t noticed them being harassed by the crows.

Could this really be Tali? He seems to be keeping to his old habit of hanging out on the bamboo fence. The telltale string on the leg is gone. Maybe he was able to remove it himself?

the bamboo fence is a good place for grooming

Are you a male Pied Harrier?

These are the two Pied Harriers. One of them looks like an immature that is acquiring male adult plumage! In 2018 we were able to watch a Pied Harrier acquire male adult plumage.

We were able to observe him from August 2017 until July 2018. He had a string that was attached to his leg. Maybe someone tried to catch him and he was able to escape. The string made it easy for us to identify him.

These are photos from February 2019 of the possible 2nd male Pied Harrier in our refuge!

two pied harriers