Worcestershire Record No. 28. April 2010
Compiled by Harry Green
Following the reports in Worcestershire Record No 28 on aggressive buzzards attacking people Steve Davies sent me an interesting article in Welsh Birds by Julian Driver (2004).The author states that in 25 years he visited 438 buzzard nest sites for ringing and recording. The most common reaction of the buzzards was to protest loudly but remain some distance from the nest site. A few bolder individuals made shallow stoops at the observer. At two sites this behaviour progressed to extreme aggression with actual strikes contacting the observers head. One bird was particularly persistent lacerating the observers head and striking him quite hard.