Thursday, January 3, 2013

The Early Bird catches the Worm!

'Chalky' is the name with which I've christened the pale juvenile Common Buzzard that's currently residing in the fields at Bramble Chine (see yesterday's post). First thing this morning it was feeding in the field again and, this time, it was obvious that at least a few worms were included in the diet. You can see the proof of that in the video below, particularly 50-60 seconds in.

Worms are actually a staple diet for Buzzards which is why they can often be seen 'on the deck' at this time of year when it's mild and damp. I also vividly remember spending an afternoon watching the local Kestrel 'worming' on the local playing field when I lived in Ampthill. Worms don't look very appetising to us, but they're packed full of nutritious proteins, minerals & vitamins! What impresses me, and is obvious from the video, is the brilliant eyesight that enables the Buzzard to see the worms from a distance!


  1. What a beautiful creature. They are more visible in North Bucks than they used to be and I am always so pleased to spot them.

    I have a lot of catching up to do - I was rather unwell at Christmastide. I wish you and yours a very Happy New Year.

  2. I've missed you - sorry to hear that you've been unwell. I hope that things improve rapidly from now onwards - Happy New Year!

  3. Thank you, I am much improved now.