10th September 2015

Buzzards– now back in the world of the internet, I have been happily in the world of Buzzards for the last few days. Though their stronghold is still in the west and north, this species is making a gradual comeback over much of Britain. The number of Buzzards declined rapidly due to persecution by game-keepers, who wrongly thought they were major predators of game birds, which they only take infrequently. Their main prey is rabbits and small mammals, and the Myxomatosis outbreak, which caused the decimation of rabbits, had a big effect on Buzzard numbers. This 4-5 foot wig-span bird, of varying hues of brown and buff, with dark wing-tips, is now our most common bird of prey. We even see one overhead in our Sheffield garden from time to time. Their mewing call is unmistakeable. Conditions: Another still, beautifully sunny day in this spell of lovely autumn weather. Temperature: Max 20- Min 11c.  

One of 3 Buzzards which circled big overhead, mewing constantly.

One of 3 Buzzards which circled big overhead, mewing constantly.

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This shows the variation in colours- the paler ones tend to be younger birds.

This shows the variation in colours- the paler ones tend to be younger birds.

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One thought on “10th September 2015

  1. We have buzzards in the woods around us and hear the mewing a lot, usually when they are on the wing. It was incessant for a while earlier in the summer, and coming from the woods – I think it was a young bird perched on a tree and calling to be fed.

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