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Buzzard (Buteo buteo)

Tuesday 24th October 2017

Buzzard (Buteo buteo)

Whenever you see a large raptor soaring over Greenacres Rainford it is most likely a buzzard. With its broad wings spanning up to four and a half feet and a distinctive pale V on their chest. These birds can also be seen perched on fences or trees on the edge of woodland looking for their next meal, and although they will hunt smaller birds and mammals they are equally at home eating carrion and insects by roadsides and on ploughed fields respectively. The buzzards call sounds very similar to a cat call, and has been described as “pee-uu.”

Sketch by Tony Bishop

Fun fact: To attract a mate the male buzzard performs a majestic display known as the roller coaster where he flies high above the trees before diving down performing aerobatic twists and turns as he descends before repeating this daring feat. This display must impress the females as pairs of buzzards mate for life. The display is not just a one off however, as the male buzzard will also perform to impress his current mate.

Article by Tom Cowley

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