These last few hot days, particularly now the fields are being cut, I have seen an abundance of Buzzards.
Some gliding on the thermals and some taking advantage of the cut fields.
This is the mystery, I have seen it many times but never really given it any thought until now.
I have just spent at least half an hour watching two Crows 'mobbing' a Buzzard that could easily take either of them.
I saw one Crow swoop down onto the Buzzard and the Buzzard actually turns upside down in the air and extends it's talons towards the swooping crow which vears off at the last minute.
All the time this was going on the Buzzard's mate was watching the whole show from a distance but offered no help other than keeping an eye on whichever crow was not doing the 'mobbing'.
I have seen instances of several Crows/Rooks mobbing Buzzards but never actually seen a strike.
I have seen this phenomena many times over the years but just looked at it then dismissed it as nothing unusual.
Does anybody know why it happens and has anybody seen a strike ?
I am sure a Buzzard could make short work of a Crow/Rook if it wanted to.
Sorry this subject is not Deer related but it is part and parcel of the things I observe when stalking.