The View from Here: Buzzards in March

Painting with Words

They were displaying all day: soaring on the updrafts above the fields across the valley.  But now comes something quite different.


Against the rising half-moon hanging silver in a wide open, innocent sky, undersides aflamed by amber shards of setting sun, three buzzards are wheeling: carving lazy, majestic arcs which skim the treetops and the ridges and the gables on the roof.

So close.  If I stretched out my arm, surely I would feel the whisper of those shining wings?








You must first realize the thing completely in your mind. Then grasp the brush, fix your attention so that you see clearly what you wish to paint; start quickly, move the brush, follow straight what you see before you, as the buzzard swoops down when the hare jumps out. If you hesitate one moment, it is gone.

Morris Graves



Photo by Vincent van Zalinge on Unsplash

Drawings from RSPB

23 thoughts on “The View from Here: Buzzards in March”

  1. Lovely Sandra- we’re privileged here, too. Buzzards are around but my close encounters are with Red Kites who swoop past at ear level, sometimes close enough to touch were I brave enough. They seem to have no fear of man…

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  2. Now I can see that we really will have to compare names of birds in our different environs. Here those would be a kind of hawk, not a buzzard. Today I posted a picture of our nuthatch. Curious to see if it is the same in Cornwall.

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    1. Elizabeth, I’ve just seen your nuthatch picture. I didn’t comment because it felt inappropriate given the message of the post, but I can tell you here that our nuthatch also walks up and down tree trunks, and eats upside down. The two birds look similar in shape but are quite different in colouring. Ours is blue and russet – almost orange. One of our most beautiful garden birds.

      Hawks here would be much smaller than buzzards.

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  3. Isn’t it glorious to see such a sight. We regularly saw groups of buzzards from our holiday cottage on Skye last September – always such a joy.

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  4. Glorious birds, as are the red kites, and we are very fortunate to have plenty of each species in the skies around here. Sometimes they are harrassed by crows but they seem to survive all attacks.

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    1. Yes, I love both too. Red kites haven’t made it down here yet but I’m sure they will given how well they are breeding. I’ve seen the buzzards mobbed by crows here. Quite dramatic!


    1. Yesterday we had a sparrowhawk sitting on the railings of the balcony – just a few feet (and a sheet of glass) away from us. We watched for aged; so beautiful. And now I’m tempted to pop the video on the blog….. 😉

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