You do know what day it is don’t you?
Yesterday, in rural Bedfordshire, I was passing a field of unharvested beans, where the beans looked brown and crispy. I saw a raptor flying low over the crop and I wondered whether it might just be a marsh harrier so I pulled over and had a proper look.
It wasn’t a marsh harrier – just a buzzard. But as I looked across the field I noticed another buzzard and another. They were flying over the beans and dropping into the crop in various places. In the late morning sunshine I wondered what they were catching and feeding upon. There were up to five buzzards over the field at any particular time, up to three in the hedge on one side of the field, sometimes a couple on the ground in the next-door stubble field and up to eight high in the air over this particular field. There were certainly at least 13 buzzards involved and it may have been many more as I couldn’t keep track of their comings and goings.
As is often the case, because I was looking in the sky, I saw a hobby hawking for insects too.
Why were these buzzards so interested in this field of beans – any ideas?