The most common bird of prey to prowl the skies above the UK, some of the greatest concentrations of buzzards can be found in Scotland. Known as the ‘tourist eagles’, they are often spotted soaring over most sorts of terrain, including woodland, moorland, scrub, pasture and arable fields as well as marshes. They have even been known to frequent large cities, including the skies above Glasgow
. Although buzzards tend to hunt small mammals and birds and feed on carrion, they have been known to eat earthworms or insects when their food sources are depleted. Perhaps the most unusual feature of the buzzard is its plaintiff call, something that can often be mistaken for a cat meowing. The best time to try and spot them is in springtime when they tend to call as well as soar and display.
When to see this species: spring, summer, autumn, winter
Where to see this species: Throughout Scotland, particularly the lowlands and eastern regions. They breed on most island groups except Shetland and parts of Orkney.