Are Buzzards Reclaiming their Habitats in Hertfordshire's hills?

Two Buzzards CirclingWe've always had buzzards up in the Chilterns where we live. But as when larger, elegant kites arrived, our plumper friends, the buzzards, seemed to gradually get fewer in numbers.

Then, after 10 years or so, just as gradually, we seemed to be noticing them more frequently - sometimes catching a glimpse of one sitting on a branch, or hearing their mewing calls in the woods.

Usually, though the Chiltern sky is dominated by kites, circling high up over the trees or swooping lower over clearer ground, always looking for some defunct rodent or a tasty bit of road kill.

But today I noticed a distinct absence of kites and was pleased to see a pair of buzzards circling together, looking as though the male had carved out a territory for itself and its mate.

The return of the native - to borrow a phrase from Hardy? Welcome back buzzards - but with the way people drive today, there should be plenty of road kill to support both species!

(pic Kent Wildlife Trust)