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Buzzard (Buteo buteo)

Observed: 14th December 2009 By: madasyernanmadasyernan’s reputation in Birdsmadasyernan’s reputation in Birdsmadasyernan’s reputation in Birds

Again another photo of a Buzzard from me. But why is s/he 'ruffed' up with his wings hanging. S/He was flying and hunting fine. Is this normal?

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Species with which Buzzard (Buteo buteo) interacts


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Judging by the weather,

Judging by the weather, s/he's probably just cold!

University of Edinburgh and Biodiversity Observatory (OU)

cp345's picture

numerous down here

talking of buzzards there seems to be a very healthy population down here in Cornwall - I can't seem to go anywhere without seeing at least one on a telegraph pole or fence post (I live on the north coast near Padstow).

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It does seem that way, there are many down here. Are Buzzards territorial like kestrels, do they have a range?. If so then I follow this individual from Portreath to Godrevy / Gwithian nearly daily to try and get photographs.

Sam, Student.

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I assumed they have ranges but I'm not a birder... I often see one on the way to Wadebridge which I assume is the same individual - he or she is either on a fence post right by the road or in late summer on a bale of straw (one of those big circular ones)


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buzzards in cornwall

Yes, I am looking forward to see a few buzzards again this Christmas/New Year in Cornwall. Have family near Falmouth and looking forward to the views around Pendennis castle. Usually a few buzzards around there.

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Buzzards like most birds of prey will have a territory whether it be a breeding territory or an area they just like to feed in. Normally goes hand in hand. Buzzards love road kill so the lovely a30 is a lovely place 2 hang about if your a Buzzard. Most birds like above will"fluff up" if there a bit chilly.