The spread of buzzards

We’ve been fortunate since last year to have a pair of buzzards resident somewhere locally, which means they often go drifting over the house.

It’s interesting to reflect on the success of this species. Not that long ago, the bird of prey you’d expect in a semi-rural setting such as ours would be the Sparrowhawk; and indeed they are still breeding here too. But buzzards, as adaptable predators and scavengers, are thriving now persecution has been reduced.

Competition comes more from crows, and from the growing kite population. But for now, they are all doing well.

Of course, illegal persecution remains a problem, but this will always be the case. Hopefully we will see them soaring and circling overhead for years to come.

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I welcome thoughts, comments and questions, so please feel free to share anything at all. Thanks, David

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