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Webmaster Posted 30-May-2018 11:43
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On behalf of Claire who sent in an email:-

Hello, At first we thought that this was a buzzard but now we are unsure. Could you please help? 

Many thanks

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Karmann65 Posted 30-May-2018 12:04
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Hi Claire.

Yes, this is definately a Buzzard. All the chest and under-wing markings are correct. The colours are right too.

What made you unsure? Where did you spot this bird?

Brian

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Claire Posted 30-May-2018 13:36
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Hello, Brian, We showed it to a couple of members from the RSPB and they where sure it was not a buzzard but where not sure quite what it was. We was seen near to a old landfill site so it was mainly wood land in Cumbria. Regards

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Karmann65 Posted 30-May-2018 14:25
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Buzzards are opportunistic feeders and commonly seen throughout Cumbria and the surrounding counties. Woodland and farmland are their main habitat so that all ties in nicely. It's definately not an Osprey, Eagle, Harrier, Kite or even a Falcon. Aside from that there's nothing native of that size. I really don't think this was an escaped bird.

Do a quick Google search for yourself and you'll see that although Buzzards (predominantly underwing) markings do vary, it's not by much. The white on the chest is also typical of a Buzzard. It's possible (looking at the picture with outstretched wings) that this was a relatively juvenile bird but still on the large side non the less.

Regards

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