Where Do Buzzards Sleep?

December 26, 2023

The buzzard is one of our most impressive raptors. It has made a remarkable comeback in the UK, after declining to low levels in the early 20th century. It’s one of the most common birds of prey in the country and is often seen perched on fence poles, pylons or trees overlooking fields and meadows. Its wings are fanned out in flight to form a shallow V-shaped profile and its distinctive cat-like call can be heard at the same time.

These birds of prey are solitary, but they can form pairs to raise chicks. Adults feed their young by regurgitation, and if attacked in the nest they defend themselves by hissing and flapping their wings. Baby buzzards don’t leave their parents’ territory until they’re six-eight weeks old, and they continue to sleep in the nest for this period.

They’re also known as vultures, and roost in dead trees or ones that are bare of branches so they can feel the first thermals of the day. This gives them a clear view of their surroundings, especially of the ground where they hunt.

They can be found all over the UK, including Scotland, Wales and England, and also Europe and Asia. They prefer habitats such as woodland, farmland and moorland, but they can be found around towns and cities as well.

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