Mystery bird

Hi I saw a bird being mobbed by crows it was about 2 times the size of the crows and it was occasionally turning on its wing tip and showing the talons, obviously a threat display, the underside was pale blue / grey, what was it? Any ideas! I know that it was a predator as the wing tips were spread like fingers and the reaction of the crows to it being in the area. Chris in Suffolk

  • Difficult to be sure from the description, but most likely a Buzzard, unless you can definitively rule it out. Youngsters can be quite pale underneath which will look grey in the shadows. Crows will normally mob Buzzards whenever both are around.

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    Nige   Flickr

  • In reply to Nigel O:

    Brilliant thanks for that I live in the Ipswich area so I hope you are right if so that's good news as I have seen a Male sparrow hawk in my garden again there were smaller birds mobbing it in the tree where it was perched. I think that means a healthy population of prey.