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The Birds

The Birds

Mixed woodland with all comon woodland birds Woodcock (right) Great-spotted woodpecker, tawny owl, Nuthatch, treecreeper, tits etc being joined in summer by pied flycatcher, wood warbler and redstart.

The most interesting areas can be explored by following a public footpath that runs along the Dipton Burn. Park in the rough lay-bye on the minor road here

This site can be combined into a excellent days birding by visiting Slaley forest in summer for birds of prey, moorland waders, nightjar and woodcock.

Honey Buzzard from the excellent Macmillan Field Guide to Bird Identification.

Honey Buzzard from the excellent Macmillan Field Guide to Bird Identification.

The Historical Status of the Honey Buzzard in Northumberland


Nick Rossiter
The Honey Buzzard Pernis apivorus is usually considered to be one of the rarest breeding birds of prey in Britain. It has been noted in Britain as a summer visitor since the 1670s when Willughby & Ray (1678) wrote ‘It hath not as yet .. been described by any Writer, though it be frequent enough with us’ and provide a satisfactory description. Heysham (1794-97) reported it breeding in northern England: ‘this bird is very rare in Cumberland. I have only been able to meet with one specimen, .. I am informed it makes its nest in high trees, and breeds in the woods at Lowther’. Macpherson (1901) adds that it was claimed in 1835 that at least three more Honey Buzzards had been killed at Lowther and preserved there. For Northumberland Wallis (1769) adds to his account of the Common Buzzard Buteo buteo: ‘also the rusty brown, yellow-eyed Honey-Buzzard, with a black Cera, and a grey head, about mountainous, woods and heaths’. Click here for this excellent article.....

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