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Where to see Raptors?

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Old Saturday 31st July 2004, 21:06   #1
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hello, im a birder from the north-east of england and my particular interest is raptors, now i know where i can go within the NE to view most of the raptors but i dont know any sites where i can view Peregrines, Merlin (i presume upland) and Hobby (again upland)
could anyone tell me where there are good sites to view the said birds?
p.s i know there are Peregrines around the North Tees area in winter but it would be nice to watch them in summer too
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Old Saturday 31st July 2004, 21:51   #2
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Well - we saw peregrines and buzzards recently in the Northumberland valleys. The most common raptor by far was the kestrel, but late afternoon off the crags there were a few peregrines. The best valleys were College, Ingram and Harthope. I was told merlin were there, too, but I think you would have to treck far up the valley sides and then be lucky to catch a glimpse! I should thing the odd hen harriers breed there, if they can escape the gamie!
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Red Kites have just recently been released in the Gateshead area.
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Old Saturday 31st July 2004, 23:34   #4
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Getting a bit late to look for them in the upland, I would have thought. In general I think the best chance of seeing Hobbys from now on are over reedbeds, or other places, where hirundines congregate to roost. For Merlin I would have thought the Seal Sands area would be a likely place in winter - they're quite partial to waders!
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