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)
Buzzard (Buteo buteo). Taken at Gigrin Farm, Powys, on May 4th 2019.
Taken at Gigrin Farm, Powys, on May 4th 2019.
(1/800th sec at f11. 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

12-Aug-2019 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
04-Aug-2019 : Fence Wood, Berks (1)
10-Jul-2019 : Aston Upthorpe Downs, Oxon (1)
04-Jul-2019 : Dry Sandford Pit, Oxon (1)
16-Jun-2019 : Whitecross Green Wood, Oxon (2)
06-Jun-2019 : Bentley Wood, Wilts (1)
06-Jun-2019 : Stockbridge Down, Hants (1)
24-May-2019 : Craigellachie NNR, Highland (1)
23-May-2019 : Tipperty, Aberdeenshire (1)
23-May-2019 : Ythan Estuary, Aberdeenshire (1)
19-May-2019 : Àird an Rùnair, North Uist (2)
05-May-2019 : Elan Valley, Powys (1)
04-May-2019 : Gigrin Farm, Powys (1)
04-May-2019 : Gilfach Farm, Powys (1)
03-May-2019 : Elan Valley, Powys (2)
02-May-2019 : Cors y Llyn NNR, Powys (1)
01-May-2019 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
26-Apr-2019 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
22-Apr-2019 : Hackpen Hill, Oxon (3)
19-Apr-2019 : Aston Upthorpe Downs, Oxon (3)
15-Apr-2019 : Bagley Wood, Oxon (2)
14-Apr-2019 : Standlake Common, Oxon (1)
12-Apr-2019 : Allotment, Abingdon, Oxon (1)
30-Mar-2019 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (2)
25-Mar-2019 : Aston Upthorpe Downs, Oxon (6+)
25-Mar-2019 : Cholsey Marsh, Oxon (1)
24-Mar-2019 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
23-Mar-2019 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (2)
17-Mar-2019 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
05-Mar-2019 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
25-Feb-2019 : Dry Sandford Pit, Oxon (1)
23-Feb-2019 : Standlake Common, Oxon (2)
17-Feb-2019 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
14-Feb-2019 : Dry Sandford Pit, Oxon (2)
11-Feb-2019 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
09-Jan-2019 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (1)
08-Jan-2019 : Standlake Common, Oxon (1)

20-Dec-2018 : Standlake Common, Oxon (1)
16-Dec-2018 : Thrupp Lane, Radley, Oxon (2)
16-Nov-2018 : Extremadura, Spain
15-Nov-2018 : Extremadura, Spain (1)
13-Nov-2018 : Extremadura, Spain (1)
11-Nov-2018 : Extremadura, Spain
03-Nov-2018 : Hackpen Hill, Oxon (2)
10-Oct-2018 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
24-Sep-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
04-Sep-2018 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (2)
28-Aug-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
20-Aug-2018 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
07-Aug-2018 : Aston Rowant NNR, Oxon (1)
06-Aug-2018 : Otmoor, Oxon (2)
02-Aug-2018 : Lardon Chase, Berks (2)
31-Jul-2018 : Whitecross Green Wood, Oxon (1)
18-Jul-2018 : Vercors Natural Park, France
12-Jul-2018 : Dry Sandford Pit, Oxon (1)
10-Jul-2018 : Fence Wood, Berks (1)
09-Jul-2018 : Otmoor, Oxon (6)
07-Jul-2018 : Besselsleigh Wood, Oxon (1)
18-Jun-2018 : Bernwood Forest, Bucks (1)
18-Jun-2018 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
09-Jun-2018 : Titchwell Marsh, Norfolk (1)
03-Jun-2018 : Stockbridge Down, Hants (1)
27-May-2018 : Bucknell Wood, Northants (1)
22-May-2018 : Dry Sandford Pit, Oxon (1)
20-May-2018 : Pewsey Downs NNR, Wilts (1)
17-May-2018 : Sandford Brake, Oxon (2)
14-May-2018 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
07-May-2018 : Aston Upthorpe Downs, Oxon (2)
05-May-2018 : Gilfach Farm, Powys (1)
04-May-2018 : Elan Valley, Powys (1)
26-Apr-2018 : Bagley Wood, Oxon (1)
25-Apr-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
24-Apr-2018 : Allotment, Abingdon, Oxon (1)
19-Apr-2018 : Aston Upthorpe Downs, Oxon (4)
16-Apr-2018 : Dry Sandford Pit, Oxon (1)
06-Apr-2018 : Allotment, Abingdon, Oxon (1)
05-Apr-2018 : Dry Sandford Pit, Oxon (2)
05-Apr-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
25-Mar-2018 : Standlake Common, Oxon (1)
15-Mar-2018 : Fuerteventura, Canary Islands (1)
14-Mar-2018 : Fuerteventura, Canary Islands (1)
13-Mar-2018 : Fuerteventura, Canary Islands (1)
12-Mar-2018 : Fuerteventura, Canary Islands (1)
11-Mar-2018 : Fuerteventura, Canary Islands (1)
10-Mar-2018 : Fuerteventura, Canary Islands (1)
09-Mar-2018 : Fuerteventura, Canary Islands (1)
25-Feb-2018 : Sandford Brake, Oxon (1)
24-Feb-2018 : Standlake Common, Oxon (1)
12-Feb-2018 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (1)
12-Feb-2018 : Allotment, Abingdon, Oxon (1)
05-Feb-2018 : Standlake Common, Oxon (1)
05-Feb-2018 : Northmoor, Oxon (1)
04-Feb-2018 : Thrupp Lane, Radley, Oxon (1)
18-Jan-2018 : Slimbridge, Glos (1)
17-Jan-2018 : Standlake Common, Oxon (1)
15-Jan-2018 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (1)
07-Jan-2018 : Standlake Common, Oxon (1)
03-Jan-2018 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (1)

23-Dec-2017 : Allotment, Abingdon, Oxon (1)
18-Dec-2017 : Thrupp Lane, Radley, Oxon (1)
14-Dec-2017 : Allotment, Abingdon, Oxon (1)
29-Nov-2017 : Allotment, Abingdon, Oxon (1)
26-Nov-2017 : Hitchcopse Pit, Oxon (1)
16-Nov-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
12-Nov-2017 : Allotment, Abingdon, Oxon (1)
10-Nov-2017 : Allotment, Abingdon, Oxon (1)
06-Nov-2017 : Highmoor, Oxon (1)
22-Oct-2017 : Bagley Wood, Oxon (2)
12-Oct-2017 : Cley Marshes, Norfolk (1)
12-Oct-2017 : Morston Salt Marsh, Norfolk (1)
11-Oct-2017 : Titchwell Marsh, Norfolk (1)
10-Oct-2017 : Titchwell Marsh, Norfolk (1)
04-Oct-2017 : Allotment, Abingdon, Oxon (1)
24-Sep-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
24-Sep-2017 : Allotment, Abingdon, Oxon (1)
19-Sep-2017 : Portland Bill, Dorset (1)
17-Sep-2017 : Allotment, Abingdon, Oxon (2)
16-Sep-2017 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (1)
13-Sep-2017 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (1)
12-Sep-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (4)
02-Sep-2017 : Abingdon (NE), Oxon (1)
31-Aug-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
29-Aug-2017 : Lid's Down, Oxon (1)
27-Aug-2017 : Standlake Common, Oxon (1)
24-Aug-2017 : Pewsey Downs NNR, Wilts (4)
23-Aug-2017 : Allotment, Abingdon, Oxon (1)
20-Aug-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (3)
23-Jul-2017 : Aston Rowant NNR, Oxon (2)
18-Jul-2017 : Fence Wood, Berks (1)
08-Jul-2017 : Aston Upthorpe Downs, Oxon (1)
02-Jul-2017 : Silchester Common, Hants (1)
01-Jul-2017 : Whitecross Green Wood, Oxon (1)
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 : Velebits National Park, Croatia
07-Jun-2017 : Gracac, Croatia
06-Jun-2017 : Irinovac, Croatia
03-Jun-2017 : Abingdon, Oxon (3)
28-May-2017 : Pewsey Downs NNR, 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 (NE), 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 Downs NNR, 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 (NE), 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 : Hitchcopse South Sandpit, 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 (NE), Oxon (2)