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babbler

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Bread and butter for someone not me though
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Mark Lew1s

My real name is Mark Lewis
Surely this is a sparrowhawk. Hen harrier would have three broad dark bars across the secondaries, including a very broad one at the trailing edge. This bird has 5/6 very narrow bars and no trailing edge to speak of.
 
Sparrowhawk all the way! You can see the barring across the belly which I Hen Harrier would never show. Plus a Hen Harrier would show 2 bars though the secondaries and Sparrowhawks show 4+

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dwatsonbirder

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Glad someone’s on the ball and not suffering from heatstroke ;)

Indeed, I couldn't reconcile any of the plumage features (remige pattern/extent of barring), shape and extent of the bands on the primaries, shape and size of the bands on the tail with Hen harrier, but the face kept throwing me off.
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