A Cotswold Year - Charting the seasons in the South Cotswolds

Wednesday 19 October 2011

Common Buzzards

For the last few mornings two buzzards have been seen walking around this field. We believe they are hunting for worms and insects. Buzzards normally feed on small mammals and carrion but worms are also an important source of food. In the past we have seen six or more of these birds hanging around on fence posts and watched them fly down and take worms. Common buzzards have a wide variety of colours in their plumage, these two are quite dark whilst others are quite pale. We like to watch groups of these birds soaring around on the thermals created by the edge of the Cotswold hills, together with the gliders from our local airfield, an impressive sight.

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