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 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 7, female 9: total adult 16.

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

Total Sites

Male

Female

Total Adult

Sites Occupied Fledging

Total Juvenile

49

37

35

72

49

81+ (32x2, 13x1+, 2x1, 2x>0)

Display period: 7/5-17/6 32 sites (26 male, 19 female: 45 total)

Sitting/Rearing period: 18/6-12/8 23 sites (15 male, 14 female: 29 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, covering 10 sites in 1 round 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

Round: 3/7-7/8: completed, 10 sites visited; nest tree Scots Pine 5, Hemlock Spruce 2, Oak 2, Norway Spruce 1; birds recorded male 10, female 8: total adult 18.

Breeding: Totals to 26/9, all sites

Total Sites

Male

Female

Total Adult

Sites Occupied Fledging

Total Juvenile

32

28

23

51

24

36+ (12x2, 7x1+, 5x>0)

Display period: 4/5-8/6 17 sites (14 male, 11 female: 25 total)

Sitting/Rearing period: 3/7-8/8 15 sites (14 male, 10 female: 24 total)

Fledging period: 9/8-26/9 24 sites (11 male, 11 female, 31 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

Season 2016 – 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 2017: Migrants

Spring: Totals 13/5 to 9/6

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: Totals 30/8 to 29/10

Male

Female

Juvenile

Total

2

1

27

30

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

Spring: Totals 4/5 to 8/6

Male

Female

Juvenile

Total

0

1

N/A

1

1 female arrive on site from SE at Ordley (Hexhamshire) 4/5



Autumn: Totals 24/8 to 19/10

Male

Female

Juvenile

Total

2

0

10

12

1 male S, Warden (lower South Tyne) 24/8; 1 male soar/glide S, Towsbank (upper South Tyne) 5/9; 3 juvenile rest Bywell (Tyne Valley W) 27/9; 3 juvenile S Dipton Wood (Hexhamshire) 28/9; 1 juvenile SE Stocksfield (Tyne Valley W) 3/10; 1 juvenile SW Hexham Race Course (Hexhamshire) 9/10; 2 juvenile rest Bywell (Tyne Valley W) 19/10.

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

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 18/5; total 6 localities, 8 birds (5 male, 3 female), including 1 male migrant W.

Budapest, Hungary (9/16-16/6): on N side of city, 1 male cross to Margit Island from NW side 9/6; 1 male in territory on middle hill on NW side 15/6; total likely to be 2 sites, 2 birds (2 male).

South Yorkshire (13/8): Bawtry NW, 1 male doing flap-flap-glide over a field flying towards a wood over stubble.

South Downs (13/8-17/8): Havant Thicket, male and female up separately, each with juvenile 14/8; total 1 male, 1 female, 2 juvenile.

North Wessex Downs (15/8): 2 sites: female mobbed by Corvids, Larkhill W; male up over hill-top Sutton Scotney N; total 1 male, 1 female.

North Yorkshire (3/9): Beningborough E, 1 brown juvenile doing flap-flap-glide over a stubble field.

Chilterns/London W (14/9-18/9): Lewknor, 2 juveniles up in Beacon Hill area (17/9).

North Yorks Moors (14/10-17/10): Danby 1 juvenile ESE from rest 15/10; 2 juvenile ESE from rest 17/10; 1 juvenile rest 17/10; total 4 juvenile with 3 ESE, 1 rest.

Republic South Africa: Johannesburg, Escarpment, Kruger NP (4/11-17/11): Skukuza Camp, Kruger NP, 1 ruddy juvenile flushed from bush-veldt 16/11.

Some Recent changes:

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   Cornwall  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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