Sheet 1: Summary

Selected Species Recs Places Rep% 1st Date 1st Place

Total Species: 1
Honey-buzzard 16 14 100 12/06/2009 Rievaulx (SE58 S)

Total Records: 16

Complete Lists: 2

Total Places: 14

Sheet 2: Records#1

Species Scientific name Place Lat Long Date Start time End time Count Breeding status Sensitive Remarkable Comment Habitat notes Breeding details Plumage Direction of flight Activity Pinpoint Source Observer name Visit weather comments Visit comments Part of complete list?
Honey-buzzard Pernis apivorus Settle 54.0663709 -2.2762155 02/10/2019 10:00 11:55 2

did see 2 Honey-buzzard juvenile move S at 10:47, mobbed by Corvids, one dark-phase, the other a little lighter. They appeared to have come out of the Giggleswick area in the calm conditions and climbed slowly in the sky to the S, soon leaving the Corvids, mainly Jackdaw, behind (9180). I thought I might have had a dark-phase juvenile Honey-buzzard on pasture to SW of Giggleswick yesterday (1/10) but light was too bad to capture it on camera and confirm it.

2 Juvenile

glorious sunshine, calm
Honey-buzzard Pernis apivorus Langcliffe Scar W 54.0840826 -2.2467306 30/09/2019 12:00 14:00 2

At 12:54 had a large bird on horizon (9178) to E at Langcliffe Scar W, flapping heavily to N, low-down over the rough vegetation ; it was a dark-phase juvenile Honey-buzzard, quite young looking as relatively compact for the species but with classical jizz (high wing amplitude, broad wings, long neck, thin tail, very dark); it appeared to either land on the high hillside for foraging or turned around and presumably resumed flying S. It had flown out of a relatively large upland beech wood, where it had presumably taken refuge. The next sighting at 13:38 was clearer. Another dark-phase juvenile Honey-buzzard was flying along the same high ridge, gaining a little orographic lift perhaps if a little more breeze up there (9179). This one was older than the other with longer wings and tail, and was making good progress S, passing at least the start of the beech wood with it not being clear if it landed there.

2 Juvenile 1 N, 1 S 2 Migrant

visibility improved, weak hazy sunshine, dry, cloud increasing at end, almost calm Although brighter, weather conditions were not good for raptors with such slight winds. The Honey-buzzard could be Northumbrian, Cumbrian or Scottish birds. I've noticed birds going down the upper South Tyne turn SW at Slaggyford, towards the Eden, avoiding top of Hartside. They would then cross Ribblehead at the top of the Eden/Ribble watershed before coming down the Ribble as noted today. Getting orographic (ridge) lift is vital for an economical traverse of the Pennines, which they can generally do on the W side, where the prevailing wind is SW. So very interesting results! N
Honey-buzzard Pernis apivorus Hurworth 54.4923045 -1.5249997 13/09/2019 15:10 15:10 1

dark-phase juvenile Honey-buzzard quartering ground over stubble at 15:10

1 Juvenile

Honey-buzzard Pernis apivorus Dalton S/Birkby 54.4381276 -1.5155007 25/09/2019 15:50 15:50 1

juvenile over stubble field between Dalton and Birkby

1 Juvenile

Honey-buzzard Pernis apivorus Thirsk Racecourse 54.2186334 -1.3804011 22/07/2019 13:15 13:15 1 1

Had a male Honey-buzzard near Thirsk, dropping into a scrubby wood

1 Adult Male

temperatures rising to 22C at Hexham Racecourse
Honey-buzzard Pernis apivorus Tadcaster SE 53.8582764 -1.2336954 08/08/2015 13:30 13:30 1 1

female out over stubble field, hunting in flap-flap-glide mode; everything up in area

1 Adult Female

Honey-buzzard Pernis apivorus Beningbrough E 54.0016619 -1.1700401 03/09/2018 14:45 14:45 1

a brown juvenile in flap-flap-glide low-down over a stubble field

1 Juvenile

Honey-buzzard Pernis apivorus Rievaulx (SE58 S) 54.2530678 -1.1343038 12/06/2009 09:50 14:30 2 5

at 11:40 pair seen coming up together from valley, then did some mutual circling before drifting back to ground, main focus seemed to be slightly S of Abbeypair seen coming up together from valley, then did some mutual circling before drifting back to ground, main focus seemed to be slightly S of Abbey

sunny day, strong sunshine, moderate W wind, warm, Y
Honey-buzzard Pernis apivorus Fenwick (Yorks) 53.6417516 -1.1166158 14/08/2015 13:55 13:55 1 12

damp weather throughout with persistent drizzle/light rain and low cloud. A dark-phase juvenile S of Drax, near Fenwick, North Yorkshire. The juvenile at Fenwick was flying low over stubble fields, putting everything up in area and was heavily mobbed.

1 Juvenile

Honey-buzzard Pernis apivorus Fenwick (Yorks) 53.6417516 -1.1166158 23/09/2016 14:30 14:30 1

Had a juvenile dark-phase Honey-buzzard N of Doncaster low-down over a stubble field, being vigorously mobbed by corvids; quite a few seem to stop off in Yorkshire for feeding up; attraction is presumably the same as for Red Kite in such habitat: small creatures with nowhere to hide! Have had Honey-buzzard at this exact location before, in August last year (14/8/2015).

1 Juvenile

Honey-buzzard Pernis apivorus Bawtry NW 53.4433328 -1.0304025 13/08/2018 11:20 11:20 1 1

a male Honey-buzzard doing flap-flap-glide over a field flying towards a wood over stubble

1 Adult Male

Honey-buzzard Pernis apivorus Danby town 54.4669861 -0.913788 17/10/2018 10:15 10:15 2

Lovely dry morning with lots of sunshine on light NW breeze and temperature 12C. What a fantastic last morning it proved to be with total of 3 Honey-buzzard migrants seen in Danby town area, 2 going off SE and the 3rd lingering but looking restless. Was taken aback by Honey-buzzard no.1; it appeared low-down in front of me (to E) as walked from Danby town to Moors Centre at 10:14, mobbed by Jackdaw, Rook and some small birds; this dark chestnut coloured bird climbed rapidly when out of sight behind a sycamore tree and moved W climbing steadily, where it was met by bird no.2, a pale-phase bird, at 10:20; this pale bird had been seen earlier climbing into the sky at 10:18; they did some mutual circling; they rejected the turn S down Danby Dale onto the open moors and chose decisively the SE direction down Eskdale, disappearing from view at 10:23 in glide-mode with wind behind. Bird no.3 in separate report

2 Juvenile 2 SE

Honey-buzzard Pernis apivorus Danby SE Crag Farm 54.4487344 -0.8834262 15/10/2018 12:00 12:00 1

the star a juvenile dark-phase Honey-buzzard, up from 12:01-12:06 surrounded by Jackdaw as came up out of the wood behind Crag Farm, rising very slowly shaking nearly all of them off as went high with weather starting to clear; the youngster then moved very slowly SE disappearing out of sight. The juvenile had almost certainly not been bred locally - it's too late to still be on site - but this wood probably held a breeding pair earlier

1 Juvenile 1 SE

Honey-buzzard Pernis apivorus Danby SE Crag Farm 54.4487344 -0.8834262 17/10/2018 12:10 12:10 1

Honey-buzzard no. 3 was a dark-phase juvenile up from 12:06-12:10 to the SE of Crag Farm to SE of Danby. This bird was restless, climbing to some height mobbed by Jackdaw, before coming back to feed on the edge of the moors in woodland. Today confirms as hoped that Eskdale, running from WNW to ESE, is a significant route for Honey-buzzard juvenile taking them through much suitable habitat from Teesside/Cleveland towards Scarborough and Filey Brigg, where they can continue their journey inland parallel to the coast. The birds here are likely to have passed through Bywell in the Tyne Valley on their way S from Scotland. Wasps were everywhere today so plenty of food still.

1 Juvenile
1 Migrant (restless)

Honey-buzzard Pernis apivorus Wykeham Broxa (SE99 K) 54.3013774 -0.5493293 30/08/2009 14:00 14:00 1 1

female up briefly, mobbed by 3 Carrion Crow, at 13:40

Honey-buzzard Pernis apivorus Everley (SE98 U) 54.2830356 -0.5192515 30/08/2009 10:50 17:40 1 1

adult male floating over valley, coming out of trees on ridge to S and moving N presumably to feed; possibly came from Forge Valley woods

fine day, sunny, moderate W wind Y