Watching nature take its course, from the top of a hill in northern England

Bueto Bueto



After getting excited about having a sparowhawk in the garden, I’ve since  spotted a Buzzard, scientific name Bueto bueto, in the field, (a name which for some absurd reason, makes me think of the film Gregory’s Girl.) I’d like to tell you I identified it by its jizz* but that would be a lie, I just thought what a big bird had flown in to the ash tree at the bottom of the field,

Field trees

I had to get the binoculars out to take a look what it was, it was too far and too murky at the time for the camera. It was very wet and the bird looked sodden and very bedraggled, but there was no mistaking what it was.


After a little time it dropped down into the field and started trotting around, (looking for moles I think; oh boy, have we got moles and plenty of  them.) A buzzard running looks somewhat comical, it ran with a rolling sort of motion like a transatlantic yachtsman looking for his land legs; they are far more elegant in the air: a few fieldfares made a half hearted attempt at mobbing the buzzard, but it seemed unimpressed.

Buzzards are a bit of a novelty around here, I first spotted one a couple of years ago, it made me think just how much and alarmingly, just how quickly wildlife populations change, the gentleman that used to farm this place, told me there used to be corncrakes in this field (1940-50’s) I don’t think you can find them anywhere on mainland Britain now, except the west coast of Scotland and the  sound of the cuckoo, was part of my childhood, but you never hear it here now.

* I may have to remove this word, it seems to have other connotations, that I was unaware of, I’m going to get some dodgy search terms.


Author: uphilldowndale

Watching the rhythm of rural life, from the top of a hill in northern England. Having spent most of my life avoiding writing, I now need to do it! I am no domestic goddess, but if I were expecting visitors to my home, I would whisk round with the duster and plump up the cushions and generally make the place look presentable. I hope that by putting my words where others may see them it will encourage me to ‘tidy up and push the Hoover around’ my writing. On the other hand I may just be adding to the compost heap. Only time will tell! Pull up a chair, sit yourself down, I’ll put the kettle on.

15 thoughts on “Bueto Bueto

  1. Lucky you! It’s just a pity that it was in the distance and a murky day.
    I wouldn’t be at all surprised if you get some dodgy search terms so perhaps it might be worth changing it to ‘overall impression’! xx

  2. Well, there you go. I learned a new birding term today, got to revisit old Star Wars scenes, thought of some of my own search term misadventures. Interesting place, the blogosphere.

    Thanks for the misty tree. I envy the green grass . . .

  3. For quite a while I was getting a lot of hits from searches for “glory hole”. I had a post about a glass artist who was working glass at the glory hole. Apparently it has an entirely different meaning as well. I finally deleted and re-entered the post using different wording. 😉 Feel free to delete this comment, or you’ll probably end up with some dodgy searches!

    I love the photo of the tree in the mist. And I, too, am envious of that green grass!

  4. We have a fer breeding pairs of Buzzards around here, I love hearing their calls, eerie and yet so free.

  5. Great to have binoculars at hand to identify the large bird, and your photo of the tree in the mist looks beautifully ethereal. In western Canada we have many turkey vultures, Cathartes aura, flying overhead scavenging for carrion. In flight, their fanned wing tips turn upward which distinguishes them from the eagle. Sometimes it’s hard to tell the difference at first if you can just see a dark silhouette in the sky.

  6. I once saw about a dozen buzzards all in the air at once, in Eastern France. Amazing sight.

  7. I think the buzzards are working their way westwards – we’ve got tons of them here. Hopefully where buzzards thrive, other rarer birds will follow.

    I wouldn’t worry too much about the wierdo search terms; they may be interested in buzzards and landscape too and if not they’ll go away pretty quickly. (That said I found it very disconcerting when a photo of the other half in wellies got ‘favourited’ in flickr by someone who appeared to have very specialist tastes for men in rubber boots…)

  8. Ooooh, a buzzard! That would look great on my list -of birds spotted from my garden. I’m afraid I have a bit of a train -spotter mentality about these things, and my list currently stands at 30 different species. I’m pretty chuffed with that. I bet everybody has a secret list somewhere. How many on yours, Mrs Uhdd?

  9. We had a sparrowhawk in the garden today. It ate a dunnock.

  10. cor just think of the mischief you could get up to with them horns! love sara. xx

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