The Yardley ‘Rough-leg’

A couple of weeks ago there was a report of a ‘probable’  Rough-legged Buzzard flying across the A428 between Yardley Hastings and Denton in the direction of Yardley Chase. There appears to have been no further reports – until yesterday, that is. Thanks to Graham Bentley we now have some nice images. And here it is.

Common Buzzard, near Yardley Hastings, 25th February 2015 (Graham Bentley)

Common Buzzard, near Yardley Hastings, 25th February 2015 (Graham Bentley)

A Common Buzzard at the pale end of the colour morph spectrum. A stunning-looking individual with white underparts, a wholly whitish tail and virtually no dark carpal patches. This looks very much like one I saw in the same area about ten years ago, so likely to be the same bird. If so, where has it been all this time … ?

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One Response to The Yardley ‘Rough-leg’

  1. Steve Nichols says:

    There was a rough legged buzzard reported at Theddingworth, just over the border in Leices, early December. I and others could only finda pale common buzzard that certainly could be mistaken without decent views. I wonder if this was this bird too!

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