In flight, the Buzzard seems very short-necked, has a relatively short, broad tail and has broad wings with fingers - this reduces turbulence. The wings are held in a shallow "V" when soaring.
When perched they look as though their head is hunched into the shoulders.
The Buzzard's plumage can be very varied, but it is typically dark brown above and below. The breast is finely barred and can be pale, and the underside of the wings and tail are pale. There is usually a pale band on the breast. The tail is lightly barred.
Juveniles are usually lighter underneath. The Buzzard is common in western Britain.
They hunt by dropping on their prey from a slow or hovering flight or from a perch. They nearly always kill the prey on the ground. They perform spectacular aerial displays during the breeding season, involving circling high in the sky and then tumbling down towards the ground. Buzzards are believed to mate for life. Breeding success is heavily dependant on food supplies.
Buzzards feed on small mammals and animals such as voles, field mice and rabbits. They also feed on reptiles, amphibians, carrion and even insects and worms.
Where to see it:
There is a good chance you will see buzzards along the parts of the way that cross over fields and farmland . They alsoinhabit forests and areas with scattered woodland. In Britain they are spreading into the lowland farmland areas from which they have been excluded for many years.