Montagu’s Harrier – 1894

Circus cineraceus – A summer visitor; rare.

The late Mr. Fortune found a nest of this Harrier close to his residence at Leweston, July 2, 1854, containing an egg and three young birds in down. He succeeded in obtaining the two old birds and mounted them with the young, and the case is now to be seen in the Museum at Tenby, and is a beautiful example of his skill in taxidermy. The egg was presented to the collection of the Rev. C. M. Phelps. This is the only instance of the occurrence of Montagu’s Harrier in the county of which we can find a record, but it must doubtless have been both shot and trapped occasionally without recognition.

Mathew M.A. 1894, Birds of Pembrokeshire and its Islands

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