Honey-buzzard in Britain

Pictures from Study Area, SW Northumberland 2009-2012

Pernis apivorus, Honey Buzzard

Nick Rossiter (nick.rossiter1 at btinternet.com)

News

16/04/21

At 14:10 the returning female Honey-buzzard was circling high-up right over my house near the Devil's Water in Northumberland, just below the sparse cloud cover. She hung for a while, peering down at constant height, and then glided deliberately to the S, losing height quickly, back to the Devil's Water, where she went into cover. This is my 19th April record for Honey-buzzard since 2006 in Northumberland when started recording for BirdTrack. But this is the earliest date so far, one day earlier than 17/04/08 when a female was at Farnley (Corbridge). Birds have been recorded on 21/04 three times: 2011 Farnley female, 2014 Ordley female, 2015 Bywell female. So for the local site this is the earliest by 5 days. Note the 5 earliest birds anywhere have all been female. I suspect she'd been flying at height, just below the clouds and maybe had overshot a little.

The main aim in the new season is to write a book on Honey-buzzard, using my experience in British Isles, continental Europe and Africa, dating from 1993

Field work in 2021 in Northumberland will complement this task, filling in gaps and reinforcing findings. Further lengthy trips in mind abroad are Israel or Tarifa/Gibraltar in September and Kenya Highlands and coast next January

Broad headings for book are: Motivation, Historical Records, Rediscovery in Britain, Migration Patterns, Arrival and Display, Breeding Activity, Dispersal, Wintering Grounds, Four Identification Models, Value of Field Experience, Further Studies, Bibliography

Remember to Support the Honey-buzzard Survey 2020-2021, being organised by the RBBP (Rare Breeding Birds Panel) with fieldwork from July-August 2020/2021

Details for RBBP Honey-buzzard survey 2020-2021 are at https://rbbp.org.uk/honey-buzzard-2020/

This survey covers England, Scotland and Wales

Submissions of sightings are to be made to the Country Coordinator in a report as per Instructions

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Pictures 4003 02/05/2014

Pictures 4007 14/05/2014

Pictures 4040 06/06/2014

Pictures 9006 09/05/2019, 9017 21/05/2019




Pictures 4030 03/06/2014

Pictures 4060 05/09/2014

Pictures 9021 22/05/2019, 9001 28/04/2019

Pictures 10005 02/05/2020

Video of Honey-buzzard

Hexhamshire, Northumberland, 8090 09/07/2018 The birds were vociferous at the start with both male and female up in the air over the nest, giving excited anxiety and anger calls. Took 3 clips of 3-5 minutes each, so very productive. Clip 1 shows the male over the nest at 17:24 with continual anxiety calls and derived snapshots here 1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  10  11. Clip 2 shows the male over the nest at 17:31 keeping quiet after start of clip with derived snapshots here 1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  10  11. Clip 3 shows the male and female over the nest at 17:43 with much anger and anxiety calling, with derived snapshots here 1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  10  11  12  13.

Hexhamshire, Northumberland, 857 13/07/2011 in flight and perched with stills 1  2  3  4  5.

Hexhamshire, Northumberland, 9021 22/05/2019 dispute between 2 male with derived stills 1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  10  11  12  13  14  15  16  17  18  19.

Hexhamshire, Northumberland, 640 18/06/2010, anger, anxiety, whimpering calls, Ordley, 18 June 2010, two high-definition mp4 clips part 1  part 2. One of the birds above the canopy on part 2 at 4:45-4:55 with derived stills 1  2  3  4  5  6.

Ireland, Rathmacknee, Co Wexford, 12 Nov 2015, juvenile feed in field Ref: 5900/1112, long video clip and stills 1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  10  11  12  13  14  15. Id points are the horizontal stance with attenuated appearance including the long tail projecting beyond the primary tips, the small head with very noticeable pale yellow cere and the coarse barring on the tail (4 broad bars, including subterminal, slides 3,4) and remiges (4 broad bars, slides 6, 8, 9) and extensive black on primary tips.

Devon, Aylesbeare Common, 15 June 2014, male up in hanging mode at Aylesbeare Common, in fine weather. Here's clip with stills (4100) 1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  10  11.


Study Area 2021

The pattern of fieldwork will change this year, with a concentration on filling in gaps and reinforcing findings. A few nest site visits may be done this year. It is intended to support the national Honey-buzzard survey, looking out from vantage points in the SW of the County, complementing last year's work in the S/SE. The book is under way!















Intensive Site Visits: maybe 3-4 selected sites











Breeding: Running Totals to 1/8 (all data compiled)

Total Sites

Male

Female

Total Adult

Sites Occupied Fledging

Total Juvenile

31

28

15

43

N/A

N/A



Display period: 16/4-14/6 22 sites (21 male, 11 female: 32 total)

Sitting/Rearing period: 15/6- 17 sites (14 male, 8 female, 22 total)

Fledging period:

Gangs of juveniles:

National Honey-buzzard Survey 2020-2021

Survey work NR 2020 S/SE study area Report

Survey work NR 2021 SW study area

Fieldwork completed for 2021: 27/06-

  1. Allen, Staward N

    1. 27/06/21: male gliding into site, perched briefly on top of tree, 4 sample stills 1  2  3  4, watch: 14:00-18:00.

  2. Allen, Staward S

    1. 27/06/21: male soaring very high over site, 1 sample still 1 , watch: 14:00-18:00.

  3. Upper South Tyne, Towsbank

    1. 01/07/21: female (thought to be 3cy) over field near site, 2 sample stills 1  2, watch 15:05-18:15

  4. Upper South Tyne, Lambley

    1. 01/07/21: male over area in contention with Common Buzzard, 4 sample stills 1  2  3  4, watch 15:05-18:15

  5. Lower South Tyne, Greenshaw Plain

    1. 08/07/21: female in, followed by male out, 1 sample still female 1 , watch 15:45-17:55

  6. Lower South Tyne, Allerwash

    1. 08/07/21: male out from site, 1 sample still 1 , watch 15:45-17:55

  7. Upper South Tyne, Barhaugh

    1. 15/07/21: male moved towards site but backed off, 1 sample still 1 , female flying around close to nesting area, male gliding into site clip and 4 derived stills 1  2  3  4 , watch 14:05-18:20.



Study Area Report 2012 with Appendix containing hyperlinked field observations

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

Season 2016 – Summary

Season 2017 – Summary

Season 2018 – Summary

Season 2019– Summary

Season 2020– 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, anxiety, whimpering calls, Ordley, 18 June 2010, two high-definition mp4 clips part 1  part 2. One of the birds above the canopy on part 2 at 4:45-4:55 with derived stills 1  2  3  4  5  6.

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

Clip 4050: single Honey-buzzard 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 2021: Migrants

Spring: Totals 16/4-14/6

Male

Female

Juvenile

Total

5

3

N/A

8

1 female arriving from S and overshooting slightly over nest site Ordley (Devil's Water) 16/4; 1 male intruder at a Bywell site, 1 female, 3 male soaring high and moving NW at same site (Tyne Valley W) 18/5. 1 male pale-phase intruder at Prudhoe S, departing to N high-up (Tyne Valley E) 27/5. 1 female intruder feeding away from pair in SW corner of Dipton Wood (Devil's Water) 2/6.



Autumn: Totals

Male

Female

Juvenile

Total

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A







Out of Study Area 2021

Coast, Malindi, Kenya (6/1-26/1): Mida Creek mangroves, 1 juvenile up at moderate height 8/1; Mida Creek mangroves, 1 juvenile perched in cover 19/1.

Hinterland to Malindi, Kenya (6/1-26/1): Jilore (lake), 1 female perched on dead tree 24/1.

Tsavo East National Park, Kenya (10/1-12/1): Voi Lodge area, 3 juvenile in low-level flight, 5 juvenile high-up over Lion kill area above large raptors, 2 juvenile perched in cover 11/1; Voi Lodge area, 1 juvenile in low-level flight, 1 juvenile perched on mound 12/1.

Kenya Summary 6/1-26/1: total 15 birds; 1 female, 14 juvenile; 12 at Tsavo on safari, 2 in mangroves on coast, 1 at large inland lake; 5 perched in cover, 4 in low-level flight, 1 up at some height, 5 up over Lion kill above large raptors.



Some Recent changes:

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.

1st January 2019: Updated Honey-buzzard page with breeding and migration data for SW Northumberland in 2017 (Population of the Honey-buzzard in SW Northumberland).

9th March 2019: Updated Goshawk page with further dismal results for SW Northumberland in 2018 (Other Raptors/Population of the Goshawk in SW Northumberland).

1st April 2019: Updated Hobby page with results, suffering from reduced coverage, for SW Northumberland in 2018 (Other Raptors/Population of the Hobby in SW Northumberland).

6th April 2019: Updated Red Kite page with further encouraging results for SW Northumberland in 2018 (Other Raptors/Population of the Red Kite in SW Northumberland).

19th April 2019: Updated Honey-buzzard page with migration data for SW Northumberland in 2018, showing some correlation with breeding success in Scotland (Population of the Honey-buzzard in SW Northumberland).

28th April 2019: Closed Notice Board 2018, opened Notice Board 2019.

12th June 2019: Updated Honey-buzzard page with breeding data for SW Northumberland in 2018, reflecting reduced coverage (Population of the Honey-buzzard in SW Northumberland).

22nd December 2019: Updated Red Kite page with further encouraging results for SW Northumberland in 2019 (Other Raptors/Population of the Red Kite in SW Northumberland).

26th December 2019: Updated Hobby page with worrying results for SW Northumberland in 2019 (Other Raptors/Population of the Hobby in SW Northumberland).

31st December 2019: Updated Goshawk page with more encouraging results for SW Northumberland in 2019 (Other Raptors/Population of the Goshawk in SW Northumberland).

19th February 2020: Updated Honey-buzzard page with breeding and migration data for SW Northumberland in 2019 (Population of the Honey-buzzard in SW Northumberland).

27th February 2020: Published Honey-buzzard in Ireland (from visits from 2012-2016) (Honey-buzzard in Ireland).

28th February 2020: Updated page for Scotland with review of article in Scottish Birds on a 2017 survey by Shaw et al (Honey-buzzard in Scotland).

6th March 2020: Updated page for Scotland with review of article in Scottish Birds on a 2018 survey by McInerny et al (Honey-buzzard in Scotland).

11th March 2020: Updated page for Scotland with review of article in Scottish Birds on a 2019 survey by McInerny et al (Honey-buzzard in Scotland).

30th March 2020: Opened Twitter account for updates during season for Red Kite (https://twitter.com/NickRossiter4).

17th April 2020: Closed Notice Board 2019, opened Notice Board 2020.

6th December 2020: Completed compilation for National Honey-buzzard Survey on home page (Honey-buzzard in Britain)

11th February 2021: Updated Goshawk page with best results for SW Northumberland in 2020, for 10-15 years (Other Raptors/Population of the Goshawk in SW Northumberland).

15th February 2021: Updated Hobby page with inconclusive results for SW Northumberland in 2020 (Other Raptors/Population of the Hobby in SW Northumberland).

19th February 2021: Updated Red Kite page with very encouraging results for SW Northumberland in 2020 (Other Raptors/Population of the Red Kite in SW Northumberland).

3rd March 2021: Updated Honey-buzzard page with breeding data for SW Northumberland in 2020 (Population of the Honey-buzzard in SW Northumberland).

9th March 2021: Closed Notice Board 2020, opened Notice Board 2021.

14th March 2021: Updated Honey-buzzard page with migration data for SW Northumberland in 2020 (Population of the Honey-buzzard in SW Northumberland).

6th May 2021: Added Honey-buzzard page from visit to Isle of Wight in June 2015 (Honey-buzzard on the Isle of Wight).

21st May 2021: Added Honey-buzzard page from visits to Hampshire from 2014-2019, with comparison to results from the New Forest and Hampshire by the fieldworkers there (Honey-buzzard in Hampshire).

25th May 2021: Updated page for Scotland with full records from visits between 2000 and 2015 with all sightings mapped (Honey-buzzard in Scotland).

28th May 2021: Updated page for Ireland with full records from visits between 2012 and 2016 with all sightings mapped (Honey-buzzard in Ireland)

8th June 2021: Added Honey-buzzard page from visit to Sussex in May/June 2019 (Honey-buzzard in Sussex).

17th June 2021: Updated pages for counties in central southern England (Isle of Wight, Hampshire, Sussex) and south west England (Devon, Cornwall) with all sightings mapped.

19th June 2021: Brought page for Honey-buzzard in Devon up to date and added full records for all sightings (Honey-buzzard in Devon).

20th June 2021: Updated page for Cornwall with full records from visits in 2017 (Honey-buzzard in Cornwall).

21st June 2021: Updated page for Cumbria/north Lancashire with full records now from visits in 2007-2019 (Honey-buzzard in Cumbria/north Lancashire/Yorkshire Dales).

26th June 2021: Updated page for Cumbria/north Lancashire/Yorkshire Dales with all sightings mapped and full records from visit to Yorkshire Dales in 2019 (Honey-buzzard in Cumbria/north Lancashire/Yorkshire Dales).

4th July 2021: Added Honey-buzzard map for south-east England from own sightings (Honey-buzzard in Buckinghamshire).

10th July 2021: Updated page for Buckinghamshire with full records from visits in 2007-2019 (Honey-buzzard in Buckinghamshire).

25th July 2021: Added Honey-buzzard page for Greater London with full records from visits in 2014-2019 (Honey-buzzard in Greater London).

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    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   Ireland   Hampshire   Devon   Cornwall   Isle of Wight  Sussex   Buckinghamshire  Greater London Cumbria/north Lancashire/Yorkshire Dales  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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