Miss­ing har­rier could still be alive

The Herald - - NEWS -

A YOUNG hen har­rier that was miss­ing, pre­sumed dead, is now thought to be alive.

The fe­male bird, named High­lander, went miss­ing in County Durham in April last year. The bird of prey was pre­sumed dead af­ter its elec­tronic tag “sud­denly and un­ac­count­ably” stopped trans­mit­ting.

But a bird match­ing High­lander’s de­scrip­tion ex­actly has now reap­peared at one of High­lander’s favourite win­ter­ing grounds.

Blá­naid Den­man, man­ager of the RSPB’s Hen Har­rier LIFE+ Project, said he is “elated” the bird may have been found.

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