Buzzard (Buteo buteo)
Species
Buzzard (Buteo buteo). Taken at Aston Upthorpe Downs, Oxon., on April 15th 2017.
Taken at Aston Upthorpe Downs, Oxon., on April 15th 2017.
(1/640th sec at f14. Click image for larger version.)

© David Hastings

Description

L: 48 - 56 cm; WS: 110 - 130 cm
 
The commonest and most widespread British bird of prey. When gliding and soaring it will often hold its wings in a shallow 'V' and the tail is fanned. Birds are variable in colour; most are brown, but some are quite pale.
 
It is found throughout the UK, but is largely absent from Ireland.
 
Its breeding habitat is forests or small woods, with access to open land, farmland, meadows or marshes. It nests in trees.
 
Often seen perched on fence posts or telegraph poles looking for prey.
 
Green status. There are between 57,000 and 79,000 pairs in the UK.
 

Sightings

18-Jun-2017:Waterperry Wood, Oxon(1)
17-Jun-2017:Standlake Common, Oxon(1)
14-Jun-2017:Daneway Banks, Gloucs(1)
12-Jun-2017:Croatia
11-Jun-2017:Velebit Natl Park, Croatia
07-Jun-2017:Gracac, Croatia
06-Jun-2017:Irinovac, Croatia
03-Jun-2017:Abingdon, Oxon(3)
28-May-2017:Pewsey Down, Wilts(1)
27-May-2017:Bucknell Wood, Northants(1)
20-May-2017:Bentley Wood, Wilts(1)
07-May-2017:Aston Upthorpe Downs, Oxon(6)
06-May-2017:Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon(1)
01-May-2017:Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon(1)
15-Apr-2017:Aston Upthorpe Downs, Oxon(2)
12-Mar-2017:Rushy Common, Oxon(2)
09-Mar-2017:Dry Sandford Pit, Oxon(1)
04-Feb-2017:Otmoor, Oxon(1)
22-Jan-2017:Abingdon, Oxon(1)
02-Jan-2017:Standlake Common, Oxon(2)

26-Dec-2016:Rushy Common, Oxon(1)
27-Nov-2016:Bagley Wood, Oxon(1)
06-Nov-2016:La Janda, Spain(4)
04-Nov-2016:Huerta Grande, Spain(1)
23-Oct-2016:Otmoor, Oxon(1)
09-Oct-2016:Standlake Common, Oxon(2)
18-Sep-2016:Otmoor, Oxon(3)
11-Sep-2016:Otmoor, Oxon(3)
29-Aug-2016:Aston Rowant NNR, Oxon(2)
21-Aug-2016:Pewsey Down, Wilts(3)
14-Aug-2016:Whitecross Green Wood, Oxon(1)
31-Jul-2016:Otmoor, Oxon(3)
23-Jul-2016:Otmoor, Oxon(1)
03-Jul-2016:Gait Barrows NNR, Lancashire(1)
30-Jun-2016:Aston Rowant NNR, Oxon(2)
26-Jun-2016:Bernwood Forest, Bucks(1)
19-Jun-2016:Whitecross Green Wood, Oxon(2)
28-May-2016:Bucknell Wood, Northants(1)
28-May-2016:Wicken Wood, Bucks(1)
22-May-2016:Goring Railway Bridge, Oxon(2)
07-May-2016:Aston Upthorpe Downs, Oxon(1)
05-May-2016:Dry Sandford Pit, Oxon(1)
03-May-2016:Aston Rowant NNR, Oxon(3)
02-May-2016:Allotment, Abingdon, Oxon(1)
24-Apr-2016:Bagley Wood, Oxon(1)
17-Apr-2016:Otmoor, Oxon(1)
10-Apr-2016:Watlington Hill, Oxon(3)
09-Apr-2016:Allotment, Abingdon, Oxon(1)
05-Apr-2016:Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon(1)
03-Apr-2016:Aston Upthorpe Downs, Oxon(2)
25-Mar-2016:Otmoor, Oxon(3)
17-Mar-2016:University Parks, Oxford, Oxon(1)
13-Mar-2016:Allotment, Abingdon, Oxon(1)
13-Mar-2016:Otmoor, Oxon(1)
12-Mar-2016:Dry Sandford Pit, Oxon(2)
27-Feb-2016:Standlake Common, Oxon(1)
25-Feb-2016:Port Meadow, Oxford, Oxon(1)
14-Feb-2016:Allotment, Abingdon, Oxon(1)
23-Jan-2016:Otmoor, Oxon(2)
09-Jan-2016:Lower Radley, Oxon(1)
01-Jan-2016:Bagley Wood, Oxon(2)

29-Dec-2015:Otmoor, Oxon(2)
22-Nov-2015:Otmoor, Oxon(1)
23-Oct-2015:Holkham NNR, Norfolk(2)
01-Oct-2015:Marston Meadows, Oxon(1)
20-Sep-2015:Abingdon, Oxon(3)
07-Sep-2015:Otmoor, Oxon(3)
06-Sep-2015:Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon(1)
21-Aug-2015:Marston Meadows, Oxon(1)
09-Aug-2015:Aston Upthorpe Downs, Oxon(1)
02-Aug-2015:Otmoor, Oxon(1)
23-Jul-2015:nr Novo Hodzhovo, Bulgaria(1)
23-Jul-2015:Melnik, Bulgaria
22-Jul-2015:Melnik, Bulgaria
02-Jul-2015:Dry Sandford Pit, Oxon(2)
21-Jun-2015:Whitecross Green Wood, Oxon(2)
18-Jun-2015:Haddon Hill, Somerset(2)
06-Jun-2015:Dry Sandford Pit, Oxon(1)
25-May-2015:Allotment, Abingdon, Oxon(1)
23-May-2015:Cothill Pitt, Oxon(1)
10-May-2015:Otmoor, Oxon(1)
04-May-2015:Aston Upthorpe Downs, Oxon(2)
01-May-2015:Arne, Dorset(2)
27-Apr-2015:Otmoor, Oxon(4)
25-Apr-2015:Ardley Quarry, Oxon(2)
14-Apr-2015:Dry Sandford Pit, Oxon(2)
09-Apr-2015:Otmoor, Oxon(2)
06-Apr-2015:Stratfield Brake, Oxon(1)
22-Mar-2015:Otmoor, Oxon(1)
08-Mar-2015:Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon(1)
07-Mar-2015:Dry Sandford Pit, Oxon(2)
21-Feb-2015:Radley Lakes, Oxon(2)
24-Jan-2015:Bagley Wood, Oxon(1)
18-Jan-2015:Abingdon, Oxon(2)

30-Dec-2014:Allotment, Abingdon, Oxon(1)
20-Dec-2014:Hackpen Hill, Oxon(4+)
01-Nov-2014:Otmoor, Oxon(1)
21-Sep-2014:Allotment, Abingdon, Oxon(1)
04-Sep-2014:Marston Meadows, Oxon(1)
24-Aug-2014:Parsonage Moor, Oxon(2)
16-Aug-2014:Aston Upthorpe Downs, Oxon(2)
09-Aug-2014:Pewsey Down, Wilts(1)
01-Aug-2014:Leighton Moss, Lancashire(1)
29-Jul-2014:Smardale Gill NNR, Cumbria(1)
28-Jul-2014:Gait Barrows NNR, Lancashire(1)
19-Jul-2014:Marston Meadows, Oxon(1)
17-Jul-2014:Allotment, Abingdon, Oxon(4)
06-Jul-2014:Aston Rowant NNR, Oxon(1)
30-Jun-2014:Tophill Low, E. Yorks(1)
18-Jun-2014:nr Mirkovo, Bulgaria
01-Jun-2014:Goring Railway Bridge, Oxon(1)
25-May-2014:Otmoor, Oxon(1)
18-May-2014:Lardon Chase, Berks(2)
11-May-2014:Dry Sandford Pit, Oxon(1)
09-May-2014:Gwenffrwd-Dinas, Ceredigion(2)
07-May-2014:Poppit Sands, Pembrokeshire(2)
06-May-2014:Skomer, Pembrokeshire
05-May-2014:LLandewi-Brefi, Ceredigion(2)
26-Apr-2014:Rodborough Common, Glos(3)
18-Apr-2014:Aston Rowant NNR, Oxon(2)
17-Apr-2014:Otmoor, Oxon(1)
13-Apr-2014:Churn, Oxon(1)
13-Apr-2014:Aston Upthorpe Downs, Oxon(2)
12-Apr-2014:Dry Sandford Pit, Oxon(1)
15-Mar-2014:Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon(1)
15-Mar-2014:Dry Sandford Pit, Oxon(2)
09-Mar-2014:Otmoor, Oxon(2)
08-Mar-2014:Dry Sandford Pit, Oxon(2)
01-Mar-2014:Allotment, Abingdon, Oxon(3)
16-Feb-2014:Otmoor, Oxon(2)
02-Feb-2014:Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon(2)
01-Feb-2014:Dry Sandford Pit, Oxon(1)
12-Jan-2014:Radley Lakes, Oxon(1)
11-Jan-2014:Allotment, Abingdon, Oxon(1)

01-Dec-2013:Allotment, Abingdon, Oxon(1)
23-Nov-2013:Dry Sandford Pit, Oxon(1)
29-Oct-2013:Slimbridge, Glos(2)
19-Oct-2013:Allotment, Abingdon, Oxon(1)
12-Oct-2013:Allotment, Abingdon, Oxon(1)
12-Oct-2013:Radley Lakes, Oxon(1)
05-Oct-2013:Allotment, Abingdon, Oxon(1)
05-Oct-2013:Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon(2)
29-Sep-2013:Chimney Meadows, Oxon(1)
22-Sep-2013:Otmoor, Oxon(4)
24-Aug-2013:Radley Lakes, Oxon(2)
18-Aug-2013:Aston Upthorpe Downs, Oxon(1)
21-Jul-2013:Aston Upthorpe Downs, Oxon(1)
25-Jun-2013:Hickling Broad, Norfolk(1)
16-Jun-2013:Allotment, Abingdon, Oxon(2)
15-Jun-2013:Parsonage Moor, Oxon(2)
15-Jun-2013:Dry Sandford Pit, Oxon(1)
08-Jun-2013:Dry Sandford Pit, Oxon(1)
01-Jun-2013:Hackpen Hill, Oxon(1)
01-Jun-2013:Pewsey Down, Wilts(1)
25-May-2013:Otmoor, Oxon(1)
18-May-2013:Rodborough Common, Glos(1)
12-May-2013:Aston Upthorpe Downs, Oxon(1)
03-May-2013:Dry Sandford Pit, Oxon(1)
22-Apr-2013:Otmoor, Oxon(1)
21-Apr-2013:Aston Upthorpe Downs, Oxon(1)
20-Apr-2013:Dry Sandford Pit, Oxon(1)
20-Apr-2013:Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon(1)
14-Apr-2013:Otmoor, Oxon(1)
31-Mar-2013:Otmoor, Oxon(1)
24-Mar-2013:Allotment, Abingdon, Oxon(1)
17-Feb-2013:Otmoor, Oxon(1)
19-Jan-2013:Abingdon, Oxon(1)