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
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
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 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- : in progress, 7 sites visited, occupied 7, failed 0; found fledged 4x2, 2x1+, 1x>0; birds recorded adult male 2, adult female 6, juvenile 10, total 18.
Breeding: Totals to 27/8, all sites
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- 21 sites (10 male, 11 female, 32 juvenile: 53 total)
Gangs of juveniles:
Review of Record Committee's Review of Honey-buzzard Records in Northumberland 2003-2005
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, 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.
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 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 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
Autumn: Totals 6/9 to 18/10
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: Totals 22/5 to 7/6
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
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
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 at 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
But in Study Area 2015 lower South Tyne/Tipalt/Irthing: 1 female display Redpeth 27/5, 1 pair display Whitechapel 28/5, 1 male flying into site Warden 14/6.
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
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
References to Honey-buzzard Information