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 02/05/2014

Pictures 4007 14/05/2014

Pictures 4040 06/06/2014


Pictures 4030 03/06/2014

Pictures 4060 05/09/2014

Pictures 4014 16/05/2014

Video of Honey-buzzard in Hexhamshire, Northumberland, in flight and perched

Stills 1  2  3  4  5 of Honey-buzzard in Hexhamshire, Northumberland


Study Area 2016

Because of the increasing population, the study area is reduced in size with the elimination of lower South Tyne and Tipalt/Irthing. These areas were responsible in 2015 for 13 sites, 17 adult (11 male, 6 female),12 sites occupied, fledging 18+ juveniles (6x2, 4x1+, 2x0+) with 1 further site failing (1x0), 2 migrants.

Intensive Site Visits: 10 selected sites

Round 1 28/6-31/7: completed, 10 sites visited; nest tree Scots Pine 5, Norway Spruce 2, Oak 2, Douglas Fir 1; birds recorded male 3, female 9: total adult 12.

Round 2 13/8-4/9 : completed, 10 sites visited, occupied 10, failed 0; found fledged 6x2, 3x1+, 1x>0; birds recorded adult male 4, adult female 9, juvenile 15, total 28.

Breeding: Totals to 25/9, all sites

Total Sites

Male

Female

Total Adult

Sites Occupied Fledging

Total Juvenile

49

37

37

74

49

83+ (34x2, 11x1+, 3x1, 1x>0)

1.69+/site

Display period: 2/5-21/6 40 sites (29 male, 24 female: 53 total)

Sitting/Rearing period: 22/6-10/8 15 sites (5 male, 13 female, 1 juvenile (from 5/8): 19 total)

Fledging period: 11/8-25/9 49 sites (18 male, 23 female, 82 juvenile: 123 total)

Gangs of juveniles: none

Study Area 2017

The study area in 2017 is maintained at its 2016 level

Intensive Site Visits: 10 selected sites

Round 1: 19/6-1/8: completed, 10 sites visited; nest tree Scots Pine 5, Hemlock Spruce 2, Oak 2, Norway Spruce 1; birds recorded male 6, female 8: total adult 14.

Round 2: 15/8- : 1 site visited, occupied 1, failed 0; found fledged 1x2; birds recorded adult male 1, adult female 1, juvenile 2, total 4.

Breeding: Totals to 15/8, all sites

Total Sites

Male

Female

Total Adult

Sites Occupied Fledging

Total Juvenile

45

34

27

61

4

6 (2x2, 2x1+)

Display period: 7/5-17/6 32 sites (25 male, 19 female: 44 total)

Sitting/Rearing period: 18/6-12/8 22 sites (13 male, 13 female: 26 total)

Fledging period: 13/8- 4 sites (3 male, 3 female, 6 juvenile)

Gangs of juveniles:

Study Area Report 2012 with Appendix containing hyperlinked field observations

Review of Record Committee's Review of Honey-buzzard Records in Northumberland 2003-2005

Honey-buzzard Movement in Britain in Autumn 2000

Honey-buzzard Movement in Britain in Autumn 2008

Season 2013 – Summary

Season 2014 – Summary

Season 2015 – Summary

Honey-buzzard Migrants are British Born and Bred

Misidentification of Juvenile Honey-buzzard

Medley of Calls of Honey-buzzard in Northumberland

Listen to a great variety of Calls and see their spectrograms.

Clip 640 with anger, whimpering calls, Ordley, 18 June 2010, hd  ld

Clip 4007: the mating (wailing) call of the Honey-buzzard, Staward, Allen, 14 May 2014, audio 1.

Clip 4050: single Honey-buzzard alarm call followed immediately by Hobby alarm calls, March Burn, 4 July 2014, video 1.

Clip 4055: sharp Honey-buzzard alarm calls 1 as entered site; had the same calls 3 on exit as birds came back, East Allen, 15 July 2014.

Clips 4059: all presumed from female, alarm, almost whimpering at time 1 (14:59, calls 26-38s 71-83s 150-159s, also faint Common Buzzard juvenile hunger cries 56s), anger+alarm 2 (14:25, calls 12s 25s-272s), anger+alarm 3 (14:31, calls throughout the 97s), anger+alarm 4 (14:34, calls throughout the 14s). Kellas, Derwent, 3 September 2014.

Play many more Videos

Clip 1201 with derived stills 1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8, juvenile mobbed by 3 Hooded Crow, The Raven, Co Wexford, 7 Nov 2013

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.

Clip 4040 (Wylam, Northumberland, 6 June 2014, male overhead): 1 with derived stills 1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  10  11  12 and stills taken during the videoing 1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  10  11  12  13.

Clip 4060 (Eals, Northumberland, 5 September 2014) 1 with derived stills 1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  10  11  12  13  14  15, showing the pair in full display and recording the calls of the Jay and juvenile Honey-buzzard, and 2nd clip 2 with derived stills 1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  10  11  12  13  14  15 showing the male up on his own.

See a lot more Stills



Study Area 2016: Migrants

Spring: Totals 22/5 to 7/6

Male

Female

Juvenile

Total

1

2

N/A

3

1 male N and 1 female N at Farnley (Tyne Valley W) 22/5; 1 female NW from Hackwood at Hexham (Tyne Valley W) 7/6;

Autumn: Totals 18/8 to 4/11

Male

Female

Juvenile

Total

9

5

22

36

1 male S from site Dotland (Hexhamshire) 18/8; 5 (4 male, 1 female) W Bywell (Tyne Valley W) 18/8; 1 male SW from site Haltwhistle North Wood (upper South Tyne) 24/8; 1 male S from site Oakpool (Allen) 29/8; 1 female SE from site Slaley Forest (Hexhamshire) 2/9; 1 male glide high S from site Studdon Park (Allen) 7/9; 1 mobile juvenile Shilford (Tyne Valley W) 9/9; 5 (1 male, 3 female, 1 juvenile) S Kirkside (upper South Tyne) 10/9; 1 juvenile S Newbiggin (Derwent) 11/9; 2 mobile juvenile Stocksfield (Tyne Valley W) 16/9; 3 juvenile rest Bywell/Shilford (Tyne Valley W) 1/10; 1 juvenile S from rest Grey Nag (upper South Tyne) 2/10; 2 juvenile rest Haltwhistle (upper South Tyne) 4/10; 1 juvenile rest Thornhope Burn (upper South Tyne) 23/10; 4 juvenile (2 S, 2 rest) Bywell (Tyne Valley W) 25/10; 1 juvenile rest Hexham (Tyne Valley W) 27/10; 2 juvenile rest Stocksfield (Tyne Valley W) 1/11; 2 juvenile S Towsbank (upper South Tyne) 2/11; 1 juvenile rest Stocksfield (Tyne Valley W) 4/11.

Study Area 2017: Migrants

Spring:

Male

Female

Juvenile

Total

1

1

N/A

2

1 male feeding then off N at Beaufront (Tyne Valley W) 13/5; 1 female moving strongly W at Morralee (Allen) along lower South Tyne 9/6.

Autumn:

Male

Female

Juvenile

Total







Out of Study Area 2016

But in Study Area 2015 lower South Tyne/Tipalt/Irthing: 1 female display Redpeth (Tipalt) 27/5, 1 pair display Whitechapel (lower South Tyne) 28/5, 1 male flying into site Warden (lower South Tyne) 14/6; 1 juvenile present Whitechapel (lower South Tyne) 7/9.

London W/SW (22/4-28/4): none

Ireland: Wexford/Cork/Midlands/Kildare/Dublin (9/5-16/5): 4 sites occupied in Laois/Kildare area 15/5: 1 pair up low-down over plantation, looking very frisky, in active engagement, just W of Portlaoise at Clonadacasey (Co Laois), 1 female up high mobbed by corvids, mainly Jackdaw, just S of Portlaoise at Togher (Co Laois), 1 male in butterfly display just SE of Monasterevin (Co Kildare), 1 pair in full display E of Monasterevin at Mayfield (Co Kildare), total 3 male, 3 female.

London W/SW (9/6-11/6): none

Devon (15/7-20/7): active pair Southleigh Hills 18/7, male high float Haldon (Venn) 20/7, male hanging over heath Ideford Common 20/7, male in/out site Starcross 20/7. Total 5 birds (4 male, 1 female) at 4 sites.

north Northumberland (21/7): 2 sites occupied Kidland Forest 21/7, male displaying at one site, female gliding through valley at the other.

South Downs/New Forest (8/8-12/8): Havant Thicket 9/8, 11/8 adult male with juvenile on both days; Beaulieu 10/8 family party of 3 birds (male, female, juvenile) display

London W (19/9-23/9): juvenile flying S, Acton 21/9.

North Yorkshire (23/9): juvenile mobbed by corvids over stubble field, Fenwick 23/9.

Lake District (9/10-12/10): Lake Windermere: 2 juvenile (1 SE, 1 rest) Far Sawrey 10/10; 1 juvenile S Far Sawrey, 1 juvenile rest Lakeside 11/10. Total 4 juvenile (1 SE, 1 S, 2 rest).

London W (17/10-21/10): none

London W (14/11-18/11): none

Devon (28/11-2/12): none

Out of Study Area 2017

But in Study Area 2015 lower South Tyne/Tipalt/Irthing: 1 male present Whitechapel (lower South Tyne) 9/6.

North Wessex Downs (29/4-6/5): 1 site: female gliding around escarpment Savernake Forest N in territory 3/5 and 5/5.

London W (23/5-25/5, 2/6): female soaring high and moving N, Horsenden Hill 24/5.

Cornwall (25/5-1/6): coastal area North Cornwall none; Camel 2 sites, 2 pairs, 30/5 Dunmere area; Bodmin Moor 1 site, 1 female, 31/5 Smallacoombe; total 3 sites, 5 birds.

Devon (1/6): Sidmouth, 1 male gliding into wood at Bulverton Hill.

London W (30/7): none.

South Downs (7/8-11/8): Rowlands Castle SE, 7/8, male in flap-flap-glide display; Havant Thicket pair adult up low-down in territory 10/8.

Some Recent changes:

17th January 2015: Updated Goshawk page with results for SW Northumberland in 2014 (Other Raptors/Population of the Goshawk in SW Northumberland).

19th January 2015: Updated Red Kite page with results for SW Northumberland in 2014 (Other Raptors/Population of the Red Kite in SW Northumberland).

28th January 2015: Updated Hobby page with results for SW Northumberland in 2014 (Other Raptors/Population of the Hobby in SW Northumberland).

28th February 2015: Updated Honey-buzzard page with breeding data for SW Northumberland in 2014 (Population of the Honey-buzzard in SW Northumberland).

4th April 2015: Final totals produced for migrating Honey-buzzard in SW Northumberland for 2014 (Population of the Honey-buzzard in SW Northumberland).

5th April 2015: Closed Notice Board 2014, opened Notice Board 2015.

17th April 2015: Updated Response by NR to Letter by Steve Roberts to update the links to current site and to include extended and full audio extracts of Steve Roberts' talk on 22/11/03 at Penrith (Review of Review/http://nickrossiter.org.uk/hbweb/review2.html).

18th April 2015: Added part 6 of Review of Review concerning conflict of interest and data manipulation (Review of Review/http://nickrossiter.org.uk/hbweb2/review6.html), relating to recent British Birds publication on Scarce Migrants.

21st April 2015: Opened summary statistics on this page for the 2014 Honey-buzzard season; archived summary for 2014 season (Season 2013 – Summary ).

13th December 2015: Updated Red Kite page with results for SW Northumberland in 2015 (Other Raptors/Population of the Red Kite in SW Northumberland).

14th December 2015: Updated Goshawk page with results for SW Northumberland in 2015 (Other Raptors/Population of the Goshawk in SW Northumberland).

22nd December 2015: Updated Hobby page with results for SW Northumberland in 2015 (Other Raptors/Population of the Hobby in SW Northumberland).

2nd January 2016: Finalised totals for breeding Honey-buzzard in study area on home page after complete check of data.

5th January 2016: Updated Honey-buzzard page with breeding and migration data for SW Northumberland in 2015 (Population of the Honey-buzzard in SW Northumberland).

10th March 2016: Closed Notice Board 2015, opened Notice Board 2016.

18th April 2016: Added note on late return of local-breeding Red Kite to their territories (Other Raptors/Population of the Red Kite in SW Northumberland).

1st May 2016: Archived summary of 2014 season to Season 2014 – Summary; opened summary column above for the 2016 season.

8th January 2017: Updated Red Kite page with results for SW Northumberland in their amazing year of 2016; also completely reorganised the front of the main page to include more perspective, to consider the migration position, to add tables for 2006-7 and to clearly separate FoRK's work from mine (Other Raptors/Population of the Red Kite in SW Northumberland).

11th January 2017: Updated Goshawk page with dismal results for SW Northumberland in 2016 (Other Raptors/Population of the Goshawk in SW Northumberland).

28th January 2017: Updated Hobby page with constant results for SW Northumberland in 2016 (Other Raptors/Population of the Hobby in SW Northumberland); added comment on Red Kite roost count by FoRK in January 2017 (Other Raptors/Population of the Red Kite in SW Northumberland).

18th February 2017: Updated Honey-buzzard page with breeding data for SW Northumberland in 2016 (Population of the Honey-buzzard in SW Northumberland).

24th February 2017: Updated Honey-buzzard page with migration data for SW Northumberland in 2016 (Population of the Honey-buzzard in SW Northumberland).

20th April 2017: Added page on colour-phases of juvenile Honey-buzzard in Northumberland (Colour-phases in Juveniles, Population of the Honey-buzzard in SW Northumberland).

20th April 2017: Updated page for Scotland with review of article in Scottish Birds by Shaw et al (Scotland).

23rd April 2017: Added page on significance for status of Honey-buzzard in Britain on deletion of the species from the Scarce Migrants reports (Honey-buzzard Migrants are British Born and Bred).

23rd April 2017: Archived summary of 2015 season to Season 2015 – Summary.

27th April 2017: Added page on Misidentification of Juvenile Honey-buzzard, after Forsman (Misidentification of Juvenile Honey-buzzard).

30th April 2017: Closed Notice Board 2016, opened Notice Board 2017.

11th June 2017: Updated Devon page with observations from 2012-2016 (Devon).

Earlier modifications: Updates

Original papers with additional pointers:

Honey-buzzard Movement in Britain in Autumn 2000

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

Honey-buzzard Movement in Britain in Autumn 2008

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    Review 1-6    Report 2011   Report 2012 with Appendix containing hyperlinked field observations   Distribution by month of records for Honey-buzzard 2013 with comparison with Common Buzzard    Colour-phases in Juveniles

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

Historical

References to Honey-buzzard Information

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