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 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 9: total adult 15.
Round 2: 15/8-29/8: completed,10 sites visited; occupied 10, failed 0; found fledged 5x2, 3x1+, 2x>0; birds recorded adult male 4, adult female 6, juvenile 13, total 23.
Breeding: Totals to 27/9, all sites
Display period: 7/5-17/6 32 sites (26 male, 19 female: 45 total)
Sitting/Rearing period: 18/6-12/8 23 sites (14 male, 14 female: 28 total)
Fledging period: 13/8-27/9 49 sites (18 male, 23 female, 81 juvenile)
Gangs of juveniles: 24/9-29/9 5 sites, 24 birds (6 at Bywell 24/9, 0 Wylam 25/9, 5 Dipton Wood 26/9, 4 Great Heaplaw 27/9, 5 Sinderhope 28/9, 4 Riddlehamhope 29/9)
Study Area 2018
The pattern of fieldwork will change dramatically in 2018. With a book in prospect, the author wishes to concentrate on habits of Honey-buzzard where clarification is needed rather than cover an enormous study area systematically, where the distribution of the birds is well-established.
The intention is that only the Devil's Water (Hexhamshire, 6 sites) and Tyne Valley W (8 sites) will be covered through the season systematically, against a total of 49 sites covered in this way in all areas in 2017 and 2016.
However, nest site visits will continue as before, covering 10 sites in 2 rounds of visits and other sites will be visited from time to time. The Study Area is notionally as in 2017 but only part will be covered systematically for occupation.
The purpose of the change is to free up more time for creativity in approaching the exciting and largely unknown natural history of the Honey-buzzard.
Intensive Site Visits: 10 selected sites
Breeding: Totals to 8/5, all sites
Display period: 4/5- 6 sites (4 male, 3 female: 7 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 2017: Migrants
Spring: Totals 13/5 to 9/6
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: Totals 30/8 to 29/10
1 male S Beaufront (Tyne Valley W) 30/8; 1 male S Hexham High Wood (Tyne Valley W) 31/8; 1 female W Wylam (Tyne Valley E) 3/9; 1 juvenile S from site Wylam (Tyne Valley E) 25/9; 1 juvenile S, 1 juvenile rest Dipton Wood (Hexhamshire) 26/9; 5 juvenile S from gang Sinderhope (East Allen) 28/9; 1 juvenile rest Ordley (Hexhamshire) 3/10; 1 juvenile rest Bywell (Tyne Valley W) 5/10; 6 juvenile trek from rest Tyne Valley W 6/10 with 2 SW Bywell, 4 S Stocksfield E; 2 juvenile rest Towsbank (upper South Tyne) 8/10; 2 juvenile rest Bywell (Tyne Valley W) 12/10; 2 juvenile (1 SW, 1 rest) Hexham (Tyne Valley W) 15/10; 1 juvenile rest Bywell (Tyne Valley W) 20/10; 2 juvenile rest West Mickley (Tyne Valley W) 26/10; 2 juvenile rest Towsbank (upper South Tyne) 29/10;
Study Area 2018: Migrants
Out of Study Area 2017
But in Study Area 2015 lower South Tyne/Tipalt/Irthing: 1 male present Whitechapel (lower South Tyne) 9/6, 1 female displaying with juvenile Langley Deanraw (lower South Tyne) 20/8, 1 juvenile foraging Whitechapel (lower South Tyne) 8/9.
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, female in flap-flap-glide display; Havant Thicket pair adult up low-down in territory 10/8.
London W (4/9-8/9): none.
Durham (8/9): Coatham Mundeville, female flapping over stubble field.
London W (17/9-19/9): none.
Furness (15/10-18/10): Grange-over-Sands, 16/10, 1 juvenile S, across Morecambe Bay.
Devon (1/11-5/11): Sidmouth, 4/11, 1 juvenile rest.
Out of Study Area 2018
But in Study Area 2015 lower South Tyne/Tipalt/Irthing: nil to date
Norfolk/Lincs (12/5-19/5): West Lynn, 1 male W 13/5; Sandringham/Wolferton, 5 birds (3 male, 2 female) displaying, including 1 male in butterfly mode, 3 localities 14/5; Felbrigg Hall, 1 female in territory 16/5; Hickling, 1 male display; total 6 localities, 8 birds (5 male, 3 female), including 1 male migrant W.
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).
12th December 2017: Updated Goshawk page with detailed results for SW Northumberland in 2001, best year for broods in study (Other Raptors/Population of the Goshawk in SW Northumberland).
4th January 2018: Updated Goshawk page with yet more dismal results for SW Northumberland in 2017 (Other Raptors/Population of the Goshawk in SW Northumberland).
6th April 2018: Updated Hobby page with constant results for SW Northumberland in 2017 (Other Raptors/Population of the Hobby in SW Northumberland).
17th April 2018: Updated Red Kite page with further encouraging results for SW Northumberland in 2017 (Other Raptors/Population of the Red Kite in SW Northumberland).
25th April 2018: Closed Notice Board 2017, opened Notice Board 2018.
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
References to Honey-buzzard Information