bird of the month

Common buzzard

Bird of the Month February 2024: Common Buzzard

I’ve written before about the chequered history of our raptors here in the UK. Most have been relentlessly persecuted over the last 200 years, some to the point of local or national extinction. Against the odds, though, some have now returned to locations they were once eradicated from. This certainly applies to the common buzzard.

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Whooper swans

Birds of the Month December 2023: Bewick’s and Whooper Swans

Here in the UK, our only fully resident swan species, the mute swan, is joined in winter by two northern relatives. Bewick’s and whooper swans both breed further north but travel here in varying numbers each autumn. Superficially very similar to each other, these two swans have a number of differences in both their appearances

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