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 2015

Intensive Site Visits: 10 selected sites

Round 1 26/6-2/8: nest trees Scots Pine 6, Norway Spruce 2, Oak 2; birds recorded male 5, female 8, total adult 13.

Round 2 16/8-8/9: occupied 10, failed 0; found fledged 6x2 2x1+ 2x>0; birds recorded adult male 4, adult female 7, juvenile 14, total 25.

Breeding: Totals to 27/9, all sites

Total Sites

Male

Female

Total Adult

Sites Occupied Fledging

Total Juvenile

57

50

46

96

55 (1st fledge 15/8)

95+ (40x2, 1x1, 11x1+, 3x>0, 2x0)

Display period: 21/4-20/6 37 sites (27 male, 22 female: 49 total)

Sitting/Rearing period: 21/6-14/8 28 sites (17 male, 17 female: 34 total)

Fledging period: 15/8-27/9 55 sites (34 male, 31 female, 92 juvenile: 157 total)

Gangs of juveniles: 24/9-28/9 2 gangs (9 juvenile): Newburn W (Tyne Valley E) 3 birds 24/9; Bywell (Tyne Valley W) 6 birds 28/9.

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 at fledging of 18+ juveniles (6x2, 4x1+, 2x0+) with 1 further site failing (1x0).

Intensive Site Visits: 10 selected sites

Round 1:

Round 2:

Breeding: Totals to 26/5, all sites

Total Sites

Male

Female

Total Adult

Sites Occupied Fledging

Total Juvenile

13

9

7

16

N/A

N/A

Display period: 2/5- 13 sites (9 male, 7 female: 16 total)

Sitting/Rearing period:

Fledging period:

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

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.

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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.

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Study Area 2015: Migrants

Spring: Totals none

Male

Female

Juvenile

Total

0

0

N/A

0



Autumn: Totals 6/9 to 18/10

Male

Female

Juvenile

Total

7

1

8

16

2 male SE from sites Ordley/Dotland (Hexhamshire) 6/9; 1 male S from site Hexham (Tyne Valley W) 7/9; 1 male S Gilsland (Tipalt/Irthing) 9/9; 1 male S Minsteracres (Derwent) 10/9; 1 female SW Studdon Park (Allen) 19/9; 1 male SW Sinderhope N (Allen) 19/9; 1 juvenile rest Kirkhaugh (upper South Tyne) 22/9; 1 juvenile SE Newburn (Tyne Valley E) 24/9; 2 juvenile SW Beldon Burn (Derwent) 27/9; 1 male SW from site Riddlehamhope (Derwent) 27/9; 1 juvenile rest Melkridge (lower South Tyne) 14/10; 1 juvenile rest Haltwhistle (upper South Tyne) 14/10; 1 juvenile rest Newburn (Tyne Valley E) 15/10; 1 juvenile rest Bywell (Tyne Valley W) 18/10.

Study Area 2016: Migrants

Spring:

Male

Female

Juvenile

Total

1

1

N/A

2

1 male N and 1 female N at Farnley (Tyne Valley W) (Hexhamshire) 22/5;

Autumn:

Male

Female

Juvenile

Total

0

0

0

0



Out of Study Area 2015

Italy, Tuscany (24/5-31/5): Barbialla Nuova, between Corazzano and Montaione, 5 sites occupied in area 25/5: 1 male butterfly display, 1 pair mutual circling, 1 pair in chase with excited long calls, 1 male up high twice and flushed from ground at 20m, 1 male high circling, total 5 male, 2 female.

2 sites occupied 26/5: 1 pair mutual circling (new site), 1 male high circling (not new). 27/5 1 male high circling (not new). 28/5 1 female flushed (new bird). 29/5-31/5 none seen as settled down to nest.

Summary: 6 sites occupied, display seen at all; 6 male, 4 female.

south England (14/6-21/6): male in flap-flap-glide, Donnington, Berkshire Downs 14/6; pair in active display, Sutton Scotney, Hampshire Downs 14/6; pair in mutual circling, Wilmingham, Wight Downs 15/6; female floating, Brading Downs, Wight Downs 16/6; male high circling, Yarmouth S, Wight W coast 17/6; female forage, male butterfly display, Osborne House, East Cowes, Wight NE coast 18/6; male float, Parkhurst Plantation, Wight Downs 19/6; female forage, Minstead Lane, New Forest 20/6.

Summary: 8 sites occupied with 1 site Berkshire Downs, 1 site Hampshire Downs, 1 site New Forest, 5 sites Isle of Wight with 3 on downs, 2 on coast. Total 11 birds (6 male, 5 female). Display at 7 sites.

Jordan (18/7-26/7): no European or Crested Honey-buzzard seen.

North Yorkshire (8/8, 14/8): female foraging over stubble field, Tadcaster SE 8/8; newly-fledged juvenile up over stubble field, Fenwick 14/8.

London SW (9/8): male soaring high and drifting E, Richmond Park.

South Downs (10/8-14/8): female with 2 newly-fledged juveniles, Havant Thicket 11/8; male with newly-fledged juvenile, Havant Thicket 13/8; total of 4 birds seen here – adult male, adult female, 2 juvenile. Brings number of sites found occupied this season in Hampshire/IoW to 8.

Gateshead (14/8): adult female floating over area SE of Dunston, presumed from Hill Head Wood.

Scotland, Tayside (14/9-17/9): single juvenile floating at 3 sites close to Dunkeld; one of the juveniles migrated S after considerable procrastination 16/9; another juvenile, further N, floating in Rotmell area 17/9.

Summary: 4 sites occupied in Dunkeld area, with single juveniles at each.

Devon, East (30/9-4/10): 2 juvenile foraging near Yettington 2/10; 1 juvenile SW Sidmouth 3/10.

London SW/W (28/10-2/11): none.

Ireland Cork/Wexford (7/11-14/11): juvenile foraging Rathmacknee, Co Wexford 12/11.

Out of Study Area 2016

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 in active display just W of Portlaoise (Co Laois), 1 female up high mobbed by corvids just S of Portlaoise (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.







Some Recent changes:

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).

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)

14th September 2014: Completed Account of major Honey-buzzard Movement in September 2008.

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 2015 Honey-buzzard season; archived summary for 2013 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

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 (Alternative)  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

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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