The most likely large bird of prey we’ll see around here is the Buzzard. You’re more likely to hear them first, listen out for a plaintive mewing call, a bit like a cat then look up and you may well see them soaring high above you. Click the link to hear the call and I think you’ll recognise how frequently we hear it.
The buzzard is quite large, their wingspan is well over 1 metre, with broad rounded wings and a short neck and tail. They feed on small mammals, birds and carrion. They can locate prey from a perch and fly directly to it or they soar over open terrain, often hanging in the wind before dropping onto the prey. If prey is in short supply they may walk on the ground looking for earthworms.
I’ve seen them frequently from Sutton Park and over Little Aston area. Once I was out with an SE Fitness group when we disturbed a Buzzard from it’s perch. Up close the buzzard is an impressive sight, much larger than you imagine. In Scotland they call them the ‘tourists’ Eagle’ it’s the closest we’re going to get around here folks so look up and enjoy!