Hi, I live in Hertfordshire and yesterday I saw a group of 5 red kites circling above the woods near where I live. This is nothing unusual. However, on closer inspection, 3 of them were clearly buzzards and the other two red kites.
Is it unusual for the two birds to be circling together like this? There were some crows closer to the ground making a lot of racket and clearly not happy.
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I'd also say it's not unusual.
I'll head out in a few minutes and walk half an hour to the nearest peregrine nesting spot.
It's a sunny day and I might see buzzards, Red Kites, and peregrines (and even ravens) all up together. In a month or so they'll be joined by returning Black Kites.
The only bigger local raptors I've not seen in these get-togethers are goshawks.
And the local Honey Buzzards (a recent find for me) seem to prefer to go it alone.
All the best -
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