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.