Thursday, 21 April 2011

The Price of Pheasants?

Up in one of the Cheviot Valleys yesterday sans enfants we had almost constant contact with the area's commonest raptor Common Buzzard. Several different individuals picked out over the day as they criss-crossed the valley, often at no more than 60-70ft and directly over our head. They displayed, landed on nearby hillsides and at one point I had a scope view that included two Buzzards and a Brown Hare all within six feet of each other!
One particular individual though stood out and not for the right reasons. Take a look at the left wing of the individual below, it cannot be moult and almost certainly must be as a result of been trapped or shot probably the latter. Anyone with a better explanantion feel free to leave comments.
Whilst circumstantial it was no surprise to see this individual in an area full of released Pheasants and a good few Red Grouse to boot.


Some of the other individuals today:



2 comments:

GWW_Milo_02 said...

Yeah its a complete joke, Newly released pheasants in Cumbria last year and suddenly magical signs appear in neighbouring villages warning people of killer buzzards that have attacked several people in the area....

Tim Sexton said...

Sheep ticks can devastate Grouse populations with up to 75% mortality. Curiously I've never seen a Sheep that's been shot. The plot thickens...............