|View over Marsh Harrier habitat from the Whitley Hide.|
Meanwhile, the monitor showed the four chicks eyeing the approaching ornithologists. It was not long before the boys were holding three bags, each containing a Marsh Harrier chick (the youngest was too small to ring). In a very short time, Phil and John had measured, ringed and tagged all three chicks: two females and a male. They had nevertheless used the opportunity to explain the entire process to us, to tell us how previous tagged birds had fared and to discuss how the data had been used. We also learned how to sex the species, even at this young age, according to talon span.
|Phil Littler & John Middleton get to work on the first bird, putting on the ring.|
|Phil Littler & John Middleton attaching the wing tag.|
|John Middleton with tagged and ringed Marsh Harrier chick.|
|The next generation of Marsh Harriers: tagged, ringed and restored to the nest.|
The progress of this nest can be followed on the Hawk and Owl Trust's live webcam. Must get over to Norwich Cathedral to see the Peregrines before they leave...