Common Buzzard

The common buzzard is a medium sized bird of prey. It has a compact body and a short neck and medium- length tail. The short, hooked beak is suitable to eat meat. The buzzard can be seen perched on telephone wires and sometimes seen sitting on walls as well. To catch prey, they soar over open terrain and also occasionally hang in the wind before dropping on ground and following up the attack on the ground. One can hear the mewing call as it hovers or in flight. Their diet includes small mammals like rabbits, smaller birds, amphibians, insects and earthworms. They nest in tall trees and sometimes on cliffs. They usually nest where they have a good food source. Buzzards are resident in Ireland, so one has an opportunity to see them at any time of the year.