I’m assuming you saw it fly off then, did you note it’s tail, was it white above and below with a black bar, did the underwing have black carpal joints and did it glide on flat eings?
In reply to Rich C:
Rough legged buzzards and common buzzards can both have large variations in plumage so they can frequently cause confusion, even for the most experienced of birders.
As Rich says above, there are some clear pointers that can separate the two but they are not always easy to see.
I do know that statistically speaking, it is more likely to have been a pale buzzard - and we have had one hanging around in the Valley this year. But I've also learnt never to say never and I'm afraid that without seeing a picture or the actual bird, it is very hard to say one way or the other.
Do keep an eye out though - and we'll certainly do the same. It could be that with another sighting, we can nail it for you.
Hope that helps
There appears to have been reports last month during late November in both N.Yorkshire and E.Yorkshire so it's more than possible Andrew ! The experts on here should be able to help you.
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In reply to HAZY:
Further to the above, John Clarkson, one of the Edderthorpe area regulars and a very experienced birder has been seeing a very pale buzzard in the same area over the last few days so I think we can say with some certainty that is common buzzard rather than a rough legged.
Hope that helps - even if a less positive answer
Thanks Rich. I was in the car so the 10-15 seconds was due to a car approaching from behind causing me to move on rather than it flying off. My wife has seen it in the same spot earlier this week so I might return tomorrow and attempt to see it in flight if it's still around. Thanks again for your response.
In reply to Matthew:
Thanks so much for the response Matthew. I think that my query was partly a genuine question and partly a request for people in the area to either keep their eye out in order to deny or confirm. As exciting as this was though, I made my way down to RSPB Old Moor after lunch and saw the resident Peregrine so a good all round - regardless of whether I did see a rough legged buzzard or not
Thanks Hazel. I think without a confirmed sighting or picture I may well never know. However, the fact that people have taken the time to respond just adds more enthusiasm to my new found passion. Thanks
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