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Honey Buzzard in Bristol?

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Old Sunday 3rd October 2010, 09:32   #1
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Honey Buzzard in Bristol?

Hi, this is my first post! Yay!
Anyway, I'm only a teenager, but on the 13th of August, in Bristol(more sort of wood/field area, not in the city centre) at about 6 in the morning, I saw a raptor.

My first inpression was a BUZZARD! BUT NOT A COMMON!

It had more sort of rectanglish longer tail than common buzzards....

But I only saw it gliding for about 2 seconds and the light was poor so I did not get anymore details....

Was it a honey buzzard? But not many books say that you can find them in Bristol, and THEY ARE NOT COMMON BIRDS ANYWHERE!

What do you think? If it was one, it would mark my 122th british bird....
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Old Sunday 3rd October 2010, 10:28   #2
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Welcome to Birdforum and great to see another young birder such as myself

You can't be sure what it was from the little description you have given but if a longer rectangular tail was the only stranger feature then it is most likely to have been just a Common Buzzard at a slightly strange angle so looked different.

And since you are a young birder you might be interested in the young birders thread where you can get to know the rest of us on birdforum.

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I agree with Jonny & welcome to BF.Like he says good to have another young birder on here.

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