– YET MORE!
driving to Hereford via Bromyard (at Burley Gate) today I witnessed a buzzard
hovering just like a kestrel, had to do a double take.
There was a stiff south-westerly breeze which presumably enabled it to
stay in position. I guess it had spotted a small mammal on the road verge.
By chance I mentioned this to Neville Hart of the Herefordshire Nature
Trust and he told me he had witnessed the same thing (hovering buzzards) on the
Black Mountains - so I wasn't imagining things!
driving back from Stourport Lorna and I saw a Buzzard carrying a mouse in its
right foot. Thought you might be
may have something to add to what do Buzzards eat - although the account is from
Herefordshire! On our great crested
newt training at Tupsley Quarry in Hereford in March of this year I led the
group along paths forged through hawthorn scrub and bramble down to the ponds in
the old former brick quarry. As I
approached the first pond I disturbed two buzzards.
It was right at the peak of the frog spawning season.
Hundreds of frogs were present in this shallow pond measuring 25x15
metres. I can only assume that the buzzards were taking advantage of
this bounty. What was also
surprising is that the old quarry (now a local nature reserve) is well within
the urban conurbation.
was chatting to Tony Hamblin about hedgehogs.
He said that he photographed buzzards at a nest in Wales where he looked
down on the nest. The rim of the
nest looked like a spiny mass of sweet chestnuts made up of hedgehog skin
collected a road casualty corpses! There
are obviously still far more hedgehogs on roads in parts of Wales than there are
currently present in Worcestershire.
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