Who’s chasing who? Buzzard or Crow?

Buzzard and crow

I heard a strange noise up in the sky this week. I was just having a cup of tea on my back deck when I saw two birds swooping above – a buzzard and a crow. I wasn’t sure who was chasing who! A rather odd couple having a squabble but I think the crow was unhappy with the buzzard! Just another day in the countryside…


Originally I just published one image here before I dashed out for the day on Sunday.  I just liked the contrast (above) of the crow with its wings pulled in compared to the buzzard’s spread out as it soared. (And for my American readers I just wanted to add that buzzards are hawks here in the UK.)

I’m actually a fan of crows since learning how smart they are when I previously wrote about my kids meeting a crow in the Hamptons. When we also encountered a Great Horned owl, considered the king of birds of prey, a crow screeched in a tree nearby. The experts explained to us that crows hate these owls as they eat their young so the crow was warning others that their ultimate enemy was nearby.

I managed to get a couple other pictures of the buzzard and crow battle in the sky. Oh yes, and a passing plane too!

Plane in sky with crow and buzzardBuzzard and crow battle

As far as I could tell neither won the competition. However I’m still unsure who was chasing who. According to one wildlife site, buzzards sometimes eat crows. Or was this crow protecting its young and hassling the buzzard?

17 thoughts on “Who’s chasing who? Buzzard or Crow?”

  1. We see quite a lot of raptors being chased by crows here too. It seems mostly the crows are attempting to chase off the raptors and the raptors are testing the crows ability to do so. They are fairly even matched so neither truly want to get into a fight so test each others abilities with their flying manoeuvres.

  2. Lovely picture. Yes the crow will be mobbing the buzzard as it is too near its nest. At weekend I saw mum and dad blackbird mobbing a magpie that was too close. It’s great to see although I was panicking watching.

  3. You got some good shots there! I like the last picture with the Buzzard’s wings spread out. Very cool. Angela x


    Angela from Daysinbed.com

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