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#1 smallmouth

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Posted 04 March 2005 - 01:15 pm

Had to go to Worcester for a meeting yesterday, finished early so decided to walk back to the park and ride, rather than take the shuttle.

Got a cracking view of a Buzzard which overflew me at about streetlamp height.

A Buzzard was once a big deal for me, I had to go north or west to see one.... :search: But they seem to have spread east in the last decade or so, and now I see them quite often here in South Yorkshire. A pair nests in a wood within 5 miles of my house, and the Missus has even seen one riding the thermals way up above our estate.

My first Red Kite, (on the A4 near Avebury), was another big deal. However I've worked near Harewood House on and off for the last couple of years, and see quite a few now. It's not the same though, when they're wearing a number plate........... :lol:

Does anybody living further east have local Buzzards?

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Posted 04 March 2005 - 04:28 pm

i sometimes venture over harewood way :D ahem! and the amount of kites in crazy...IMHO there are too many of them for the area to support. They must be artificially feeding the kites inorder to have them in such an abundance. It is nothing for me to see 6 floating over one small valley.....i feel that the RSPB would be better letting a lower density go over a wider area......JD

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Posted 04 March 2005 - 04:38 pm

Im from south wales and buzzards are as common as pakkies but i saw my first red kite last year in west wales .
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Posted 04 March 2005 - 06:33 pm

a few years back , there was no buzzards in my neck of the woods, now they are nesting all over the shire i live in, infact there,s a pair that have nested at the back off a gamekeepers , for the last 3 years, just last week i saw 2 hovering over there, i love birds off prey, i could never harm one , but in some area.s i know they must be kept at a realistic level

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Posted 04 March 2005 - 09:23 pm

last year for the very first time i seen a pair of buzzards about two minutes from were i live,they havent been there long because its on my uncles shoot and hes never seen them,they still there now so looks like theyll be breeding up there this year also have a pair of peregrines nesting in a quarry near me,im right on the east coast

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Posted 05 March 2005 - 10:18 am

Believe it if you wish but when i was keepering in herefordshire a couple of years ago 3 of us counted 27 :icon_eek: buzzards all together in the wind turbines there were gos'es :blink: and a pair of peregrines which nested in a worked quarry] :cry: and not forgetting ths odd sparrowhawk :(

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Posted 05 March 2005 - 11:46 am

Regularly see 8-10 buzzards a day and as for sparrowhawks theyre more common that sparrows!!!! :D ;)

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Posted 06 March 2005 - 07:51 pm

warwickshire has its fare share of buzzards plenty round by me, also sparrow hawks, seen one take a bird 2 doors up from me, counted 7 buzzards circling over head last year, seen a pair of goss hawks in the woods last week while roming about.

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Posted 07 March 2005 - 05:25 pm

living in abuilt up area it was a novelty to hear and then to see buzzards flying over head :yes: they are fairly common a few miles up the road from us i love to hear them sceeching when im out adds to the feel of the day but i have apair that now know where its easy to get rabbits that are caught in my snares :realmad: but i dont begrudge them one or two :angel: goodhuntingall woodga :ph34r:

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Posted 07 March 2005 - 08:02 pm

Iv seen a few buzzards as well locally and I have also seen them near Hare wood house as I only live a few mile from there Iv also seen a few sporrowhawks as well

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Posted 07 March 2005 - 08:35 pm

WELL LADS ,

THERES QUITE A FEW BUZZARDS MOVING EAST ....THE RSPB GESTAPO ARE REGULARY RELEASEING KITES , IN FACT I HAVE SEEN A FEW PAIR CIRCLEING OVER LOCAL TOWNS ON CLOUDLESS AFTERNOONS..SPARROWHAWKS ARE EVERYWHERE ,.......HOW LONG BEFORE BRITAIN HAS A POPULATION OF BREEDING HARRIS HAWKS , DUE TO ESCAPEES ???
HOW LONG CAN THE RISING POPULATIONS GO UNCHECKED ?
I KNOW THE RACING PIGEON MEN ARE PUSHING THE RSPB AND THE GOVERMENT TO DO SOME RESPONSIBLE CULLING ....I WONDER WHEN THEY WILL WAKE UP ??
THOUGH I HAVE TALKED TO RSPB MEN WHILE OUT ON RECCIES ;) AND ONE HAS ADMITTED TO PRICKING EGGS TO STOP THEM HATCHING ON BUZZARDS AND SPARROWHAWKS NESTS , IN HIS WORDS " TO GIVE GROUND NESTING BIRDS A CHANCE " !!

ALL THE BEST DUCKWING

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Posted 07 March 2005 - 11:13 pm

:D

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Posted 07 March 2005 - 11:41 pm

green and spotted woodpeckers, and just about every songbird you can imagine in my back yard, nothing to see 50 to 60 birds on the table at once


If R Lass read the above, she'd be fluttering eyelashes at you and leaving me........... :cry: ........mind you, as they say, every cloud.......cos I sure wouldn't miss her mother......... :lol:

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Posted 08 March 2005 - 12:05 am

LOL, she would have to put up with my whining and cider drinking and smoking and talk about traps and snares etc.

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Posted 08 March 2005 - 10:17 am

its like f*****g Jurassic park round here , it nothing to see 15-20 buzzards at one time :hunter:




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