Honey buzzards’ massive migration


This video from Britain says about itself:

BTO Bird ID – Summer Buzzards: Common Buzzard and Honey-buzzard

Buzzard and Honey-buzzard are a difficult pair to tell apart particularly at height, as they are often seen. A successful ID will usually rely on a general impression, based on experience. Watch our guide to learn the features and behavior to focus on.

Translated from the SOVON ornithologists in the Netherlands:

Friday, August 30, 2013

Massive migration of honey buzzards is a rare phenomenon in the Netherlands. If it ever happens, then chances are biggest around mid-May. However, also in autumn very occasionally there is a major migration wave. That was the case this year on 25 and 26 August.

On August 25, it was the turn of the east of Gelderland and northern Limburg. On the Eltenberg hill in the Montferland region, the migration got underway during a northeasterly current upturn and brightening after initially thick clouds. The groups migrating together counted up to 146 individuals and 471 honey buzzards were counted in total that day.

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