Harriers fly the nest

Remember this little fella?   He was in a nest, beside a drain on a Gordonton farm – just a stone’s throw from the race where the cows went by every day.

Well, he turned into this handsome chap:

While out on a walk the other day, we bumped into farmer Cloudy, who first spotted the nest, and took these pics.  He said our bird did just fine, as did his two siblings.  From time to time, he sees all three flying around the paddocks.

Keep a (hawk) eye out, you may see one circling above you.  Young harriers are dark with a pale patch on the back of the head.  They get paler as they age, especially on the rump which turns white in adults.  Good spotting, Cloudy.

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Number 8 Network - a community website for the rural areas northeast of Hamilton, NZ, is run by Gordonton journalist/editor Annette Taylor.

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