Hen Harrier Spectacular

June 30, 2024 at 5:14 pm

Any visitor to Islay in summer is bound to be impressed by the number of sightings of Hen Harriers.The prolonged cold, wet weather with northerly winds has produced the latest breeding season in the last fifty years. Most of the females were still incubating eggs and I even watched a male sky-dancing. The result of this is that virtually all Harrier sightings were of hunting males. Sadly the other effects of the cold and wet weather were numerous nest failures of not only Harriers but also Eagles throughout Scotland
– another climate – change disaster!!