Marsh Harriers

We are in Somerset. The name Somerset means Summer-land, because the land was originally only inhabitable in summer; in winter it was completely flooded. Now, very little of the original marsh is left, as drainage ditches have been built to ‘reclaim’ the land and ruin it for wildlife.

At RSPB Ham Wall there are still some large areas of marsh left, and there, Marsh Harriers live:

Marsh Harrier - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Their scientific name is Circus aeruginosus.

Marsh Harrier - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

They eat ducks. There are quite a few of them sitting here.

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