Hello. I have just seen a small bird of prey hovering (with wings still beating quite powerfully) VERY high above the fields next to my house. I am familiar with Kestrels having watched them for the past 3 years locally and something about this bird was different. Having tried to identify it, the shape of it was much like a Merlin, but the information I found said nothing of them hovering in such a way. It then flew lower before diving almost vertically and quite spectacularly down to the ground and out of sight . I am hoping someone may have an idea of what it could be?
It's always worth looking twice, earthhare, and always worth doubting. October's "Kestrel", here, was a Merlin. Last year's "Kestrel", in Tuscany, was a Black-winged Kite.
As my partner always says: Not all "buzzards" are buzzards.
All the best -
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