Bird Watching (UK) - - Track & Signs -

Po­lice and the RSPB are ap­peal­ing for in­for­ma­tion fol­low­ing the dis­ap­pear­ance of three pro­tected, satel­lite-tagged Hen Har­ri­ers in Scot­land and Cum­bria. A Hen Harrier named Saorsa sud­denly ceased send­ing trans­mis­sions in Fe­bru­ary 2018 while lo­cated in the An­gus Glens, Scot­land; a male bird, named Blue, then raised con­cerns in March when his tag sud­denly and in­ex­pli­ca­bly cut out near Longsled­dale, South La­nark­shire, and in the same month, a tagged bird named Finn (af­ter young con­ser­va­tion­ist Find­lay Wilde) van­ished near Mof­fat, Scot­land. Finn was tagged as a chick in 2016 from a nest in Northum­ber­land. RSPB In­ves­ti­ga­tions staff con­ducted a search for all three, but no tags or bod­ies were found. Where tagged Hen Har­ri­ers have died of nat­u­ral causes in the past, the tags and bod­ies have gen­er­ally been re­cov­ered. Cum­bria Po­lice and Po­lice Scot­land are mak­ing lo­cal en­quiries.

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