Hawks, vultures and eagles (Accipitridae)
Where to see them
Greatest numbers in Scotland, Wales, the Lake District and SW England, but now breeding in every county of the UK. Found in most habitats particularly woodland, moorland, scrub, pasture, arable, marsh bog and villages. May even be seen in towns and cities including Glasgow. Look for birds soaring over wooded hillsides in fine weather, or perched on fence posts and pylons. In some areas they are known as the tourists’ eagle, often being mistaken for this larger bird of prey.
When to see them
All year round. Birds soar, display and call most in spring.
What they eat
Small mammals, birds and carrion. And even earthworms and large insects when other prey is in short supply.
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