The commonest UK bird of prey, it is quite large with broad, rounded wings, and a short neck and tail. When gliding and soaring it will often hold its wings in a shallow 'V'. It is variable in colour from all dark brown to birds with pale heads and breasts, all have dark wingtips and an unbanded tail.
Where to see them
Greatest numbers in Scotland, Wales, the Lake District and SW England. Found on farmland with wooded hills, moorland and in more arable areas to the east where it is spreading. Look for birds soaring over wooded hillsides in fine weather, or perched on fence posts and pylons.
When to see them
All year round. Birds soar, display and call most in spring.
What they eat
Small mammals, birds and carrion.
Europe UK breeding* UK wintering* UK passage*
- 31,100-44,000 territories
this was taken at BOP center Glostershire