The Russian field is a place which I have known for long to be a raptor haven. Starting with this years kestrels and honey-buzzards, walking around yesterday evening whilst collecting mushrooms, I was amazed to see a ringtail hen harrier floating low above the huge field, at times doing rapid groundward pounces with its talons. The hen harrier is known in Russia as the field harrier and is in the Red List of Moscow region with a category of 2, which means rare or very rare animal with a very low population. Everyone who was with me was impressed by this bird as it floated around the field, completely oblivious to our presence. After a short hunt over the field, it dissapeared into the forest to a roost site. Presumably, a male is also present, and I might have photographed it just beforehand.