Honey-buzzard in Britain
Pictures from Study Area, SW Northumberland 2009-2012
Pernis apivorus, Honey Buzzard
Nick Rossiter (nick.rossiter1 at btinternet.com)
Quick Links Pictures 4003 2/5/2014
Pictures 4007 14/5/2014
Pictures 4040 6/6/2014
Video of Honey-buzzard in Hexhamshire, Northumberland, in flight and perched
Study Area 2013
Intensive Site Visits: 12 selected sites
Round 1 3/7-4/8: nest trees Scots Pine 5, Norway Spruce 4, Oak 2, Douglas Fir 1; birds recorded male 5, female 10, total adult 15
Round 2 15/8-29/8: occupied 12, failed 0; found fledged 6x2, 4x1+ in visits; birds recorded adult male 5, adult female 10, juvenile 16, total 31
Breeding: Totals to 2/10, all sites
Display period: 2/5-19/6 34 sites (29 male, 21 female: 50 total)
Sitting/Rearing period: 20/6-15/8 29 sites (19 male, 16 female: 35 total)
Fledging period: 16/8-2/10 53 sites (18 male, 27 female, 83 juvenile: 128 total)
Study Area 2014
Intensive Site Visits: 12 selected sites
Round 1 26/6-28/7: nest trees Scots Pine 6, Norway Spruce 3, Oak 2, Douglas Fir 1; birds recorded male 6, female 12, total adult 18
Round 2 16/8-: occupied 9, failed 0; birds recorded male 4, female 7, juvenile 10, total 21
Breeding: Totals to 27/8, all sites
Display period: 23/4-20/6 42 sites (37 male, 24 female, 61 total)
Sitting/Rearing period: 21/6-17/8 27 sites (21 male, 17 female, 38 total)
Fledging period: 18/8-
Review of Record Committee's Review of Honey-buzzard Records in Northumberland 2003-2005
Honey-buzzard Movement in Britain in Autumn 2000
Medley of Calls of Honey-buzzard in Northumberland
Listen to a great variety of Calls and see their spectrograms.
Clip 4007: the mating (wailing) call of the Honey-buzzard, Staward, Northumberland, 14 May 2014, audio 1.
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Clip 4003 (Farnley, Northumberland, 2 May 2014, pair in territory): 2 with derived stills 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18, showing male (damaged inner primary on right wing, missing inner primary on left wing) in extensive gliding around in territory, with effortless rearing up and strength in the air, the female does some mutual circling near the end (more on Videos page).
Clip 4007 (Staward S, Northumberland, 14 May 2014, male overhead): 1 with derived stills 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 and stills taken during videoing 10 11 12 13 14 15. Think he's been back a while and is a little lovesick for his mate, of whom no sign. Had some interesting calls as he appeared overhead: mating call of the Honey-buzzard (really!!) with real jungle overtones, but he's not apparently got a mate yet, wonder if it came from pair at Staward N, if so means both birds back here now. Here's the extracted audio clip 1: the mating (wailing) call of the Honey-buzzard.
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Study Area 2013: Migrants
Spring: Running Totals to 4/5, from 30/4
1st bird: male NE over Staward (Allen), 30 April, 15:13, power-glide
Autumn: Running Totals to 27/10, from 5/10
Study Area 2014: Migrants
Spring: Running Totals to 17/5, from 21/4
1st bird: female W over Ordley (Devil's Water), 21 April, 16:51, floating, peering around;
1 female rest Broomleyfell (Tyne Valley W) 4/5;
5 NE Newton (Tyne Valley W), 6/5, 14:40-15:09 (2 male, 3 female)
1 male W Beaufront (Tyne Valley W) 17/5
Autumn: Running Totals to 22/8, from 5/8
1st bird: male SW over Bywell (Tyne Valley W) 5/8;
3 male SE Warden Hill (Lower South Tyne) 22/8;
Out of Study Area 2013
Ireland (14/5-22/5): female in breeding habitat, Monasterevin, Co Kildare, 20/5
Latvia (2/6-10/6): none in Riga area
Estonia (24/6-28/6): female on edge of Tallinn, 27/6
north Northumberland (11/8): female out to forage, Cockenheugh
Jersey (3/9-11/9): total for visit - 7 breeding birds (2 sites, 1 male, 2 female, 4 juvenile), 2 migrants (2 male – S, E).
5/9 NW of island, Cueillette de Grantez, family party 4 birds, locally bred; migrant: adult male S.
7/9 N of island, Bouley Bay W, 2 juveniles, locally bred; migrant: adult male E.
8/9 N of island, 1 adult female, presumed mother of 2 juveniles.
11/9 N of island, 1 adult female, presumed same as 8/9.
Chilterns (23/9): juvenile on site, Bledlow
Devon (21/10-25/10): juvenile S, Dawlish Warren, 22/10
Ireland (1/11-8/11): juvenile resting, The Raven, Co Wexford, 7/11
Out of Study Area 2014
Chilterns/Bucks (23/5-26/5): male over site, Bledlow 23/5; pair display, Farnham Common 25/5
Cotswolds (26/5-2/6): pair display, Bourton Woods 27/5; female feeding, Birdlip N 30/5; Painswick Beacon, pair display to N, male in territory to S 1/6
Devon (12/6-17/6): pair display, Aylesbeare Common 13/6; male in territory, 2nd site on Aylesbeare Common 15/6; pair in territory, Starcross 16/6; pair display, Ideford Common 16/6
Devon (19/7-23/7): male in territory, Little Haldon, 21/7-22/7
South Downs (11/8-15/8): male gliding into site, Havant Thicket 12/8
north Northumberland (24/8): juvenile flying off ground, Elsdonburn, Cheviots
London (28/8-): at least one juvenile, Ruislip Woods 30/8
12th February 2014: Updated Red Kite page with results for SW Northumberland in 2013 (Other Raptors/Population of the Red Kite in SW Northumberland).
14th February 2014: Updated Goshawk page with results for SW Northumberland in 2013 (Other Raptors/Population of the Goshawk in SW Northumberland).
15th February 2014: Updated Hobby page with results for SW Northumberland in 2013 (Other Raptors/Population of the Hobby in SW Northumberland).
29th March 2014: Final totals produced for migrating Honey-buzzard in SW Northumberland for 2013 (Population of the Honey-buzzard in SW Northumberland).
31st March 2014: For major movement in 2008, updated Map of Honey-buzzard Routes in North Sea Area from 11-14 September, added Map showing Routes across Southern Europe from 11-20 September; Analysis of the Movement across Southern Europe from 11-20 September.
16th April 2014: Updated report for breeding Honey-buzzard in SW Northumberland for 2013 with totals for male, female and juvenile in the different phases of the season (Population of the Honey-buzzard in SW Northumberland).
17th April 2014: Closed Notice Board 2013, opened Notice Board 2014.
23rd June 2014: Updated Scottish population of Honey-buzzard with totals from 2012 visit and with short note by McInerny in Scottish Birds (Populations Elsewhere of Honey-buzzard Scotland)
17th August 2014: For major movement in 2008, put Migration Models Base Counts and Timings for Honey-buzzard Movement in UK in September 2008 into final form.
Earlier modifications: Updates
Original papers with additional pointers:
Additional Information on this Honey-buzzard movement from: Britain/North Sea Scandinavia Continental Europe Migration Strategy Ringing Data for Raptors Replies to Comments on UKBN Views on the 2000 Movement in 2002-03
The Honey-buzzard Movement in Britain in Autumn 2008
This account is currently being written. Provisional sections available are:
Summary Migration Models Base Counts and Timings for Honey-buzzard Movement in UK in September 2008 Regional Reports and other Original Sources for the Honey-buzzard Movement Analysis of Counts in Denmark and Elsewhere Timing of Honey-buzzard Movement in Benelux from 13-14 September The Honey-buzzard did Cross the North Sea: from England to Benelux Map of Honey-buzzard Routes in North Sea Area from 11-14 September Map showing Routes across Southern Europe from 11-20 September Analysis of the Movement across Southern Europe from 11-20 September Review of Comments made by Others
Other Aspects of Honey-buzzard:
Trends in Honey-buzzard Movements Analysis Charts by Month 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 1999 1998 1996
Identification of Honey-buzzard Videos with derived stills and calls Calls Jizz Plumage Bare parts Moult Tail-wing ratio Wing formula Earlier material
Summary of Calls of Honey-buzzard Medley of Calls from Northumberland
Food Remains on Ground
The Honey-buzzard in Northumberland Population Techniques Habitat Current Notice Board (Alternative) Review 1-5 Report 2011 Report 2012 with Appendix containing hyperlinked field observations Distribution by month of records for Honey-buzzard 2013 with comparison with Common Buzzard
Presentations Tynemouth Photographic Society Nov 2010 odp ppt
Populations Elsewhere of Honey-buzzard Scotland Devon Cumbria/North Lancashire Notts North Wales Africa
Other Raptors in Northumberland Hobby Goshawk Red Kite Annual Totals all Raptors
References to Honey-buzzard Information