|One bird that I can never get enough of is Montagu’s
Harriers. This is not only a scarce species in the Netherlands, but also a
very beautiful and elegant one. It is hard to stop watching them, when
they are on the wing.
Harrier is nowadays mainly restricted to arable land in
Groningen and to a lesser extent Flevoland. Numbers and breeding
success fluctuate markedly, with for example 36 breeding pairs and 39
fledglings in 2013; 52 pairs and 142 fledglings in 2019; 80 pairs
and 100 fledglings in 2020; and 58 pairs and 44 fledglings in 2021.
Common Voles are an important prey. This species was abundant in for
example 2019, but their numbers were low in 2021 (source:
Below are some photos that I took on 8 August 2021, when I found two
pairs of Montagu’s Harriers, both with at least one juvenile,
plus a single adult male in north-eastern Groningen.