BuzzardIn the afternoon, a larger bird circles high over the valley. Usually it would be gulls circling, but this bird is on its own and appears to soar more than a gull. I grab my binoculars and discover that it's a Buzzard. It has a light underwing with brown tips. As I watch it pulls in its wings and dives steeply down into the valley, emptying its wings of air, like a lapwing does as it dives, turning from glider to dive-bomber.
Buzzards are not frequent visitors in this part of the Calder valley. I think this is only the second time I've recorded one during the three years that I've been keeping this diary, and the previous record was probably honey buzzard on migration.
Related LinkCommon Buzzard by Guy N. Smith, Birds of Britain, bird guide.