Friday, 3 February 2012
One buzzard disappears and two arrive
Strange goings on in Buzzard Woods. The new buzzard which recently appeared at this location has not be seen for five days. The branch where it usually sits waiting for me to bring food has been vacant and the food I have left has been untouched until the nocturnal visitors, i.e. the fox and badgers arrive, that was until today. I put out some meat this morning and to my surprise not one but two buzzards arrived and started eating and squabbling over the food.
I am 99% sure that the buzzard with the head which seems to be able to rotate 180 degrees is the buzzard which used to visit this spot up until mid-July last year. It then vanished without a trace and there was hardly any buzzard activity at this spot until the immaculate and brightly coloured youngster arrived in early January this year.
My theory is: The young brightly coloured buzzard which appeared in January was the chick of the two captured squabbling in the video above. I think they may have allowed the youngster to have their nest which is located close by and they moved on to pastures new, but now they have returned and they have driven the youngster out of what they still consider to be their territory.
I am not a seasoned bird spotter, just an all round nature lover with an interest in urban dwelling buzzards. Would any bird spotters who may stumble upon this article say my theory is plausible or am I completely wrong?