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Friday, 25 October 2013

Buzzard, Carrahane

Juvenile Buzzard, Carrahane, 25th October 2013 (David O'Connor).

Buzzard is still a scarce bird in Kerry, but a slowly increasing one. Most records are in  autumn or winter. However, there was an unconfirmed breeding record from Rossmore Island near Kenmare some years ago, and a confirmed breeding record near Brosna in summer 2012, the first record(s) of nesting in the county since the late 1800s. An adult was seen, carrying a rat, near Castlemaine in summer 2013 which might indicate they have bred in that area, and there was another summer record near Knocknagashel this year. With recent further expansion recorded in virtually every county in Ireland, it is a species we can expect to see more and more of in Kerry in the coming years.