• Buzzard ©R.Winnall

    Buzzard ©R.Winnall

  • Buzzard ©R.Winnall

    Buzzard ©R.Winnall

  • Buzzard ©R.Winnall

    Buzzard ©R.Winnall

  • Kestrel female ©R.Winnall

    Kestrel female ©R.Winnall

  • Sparrowhawk male ©R.Winnall

    Sparrowhawk male ©R.Winnall

  • Sparrowhawk male ©R.Winnall

    Sparrowhawk male ©R.Winnall

  • Tawny Owl male ©R.Winnall

    Tawny Owl male ©R.Winnall

  • Tawny Owl in flight with prey ©N.Wilde

    Tawny Owl in flight with prey ©N.Wilde

  • Tawny owl chick ©R.Winnall

    Tawny owl chick ©R.Winnall

Birds of prey

Birds of prey are carnivorous and catch their food whilst on the wing. They have keen eyesight to locate their prey and take it by using skillful flight, strong claws and sharp bills. Buzzards, Sparrowhawks and Kestrels are commonly seen in the daytime in Wyre. Peregrine Falcons, Hobbys, Goshawks, Red Kites and Ospreys are seen across the area less frequently.

Owls are nocturnal birds of prey. The Tawny Owl is still common in the forest and surrounding wooded valleys. Barn Owls and Little Owls are present, but numbers have declined substantially in recent years.

Published 28th August 2011 at 10:55 pm

Classified: Birds, Birds of prey, Database