Buzzard launches attack on man in Cheshire, injuring his face
A man was injured in the face after being attacked by a buzzard in Nantwich.
According to Audlem and Wybunbury Police, the attack took place on Tuesday June 13 on Wybunbury Lane near Crewe Vagrants sports club.
It is believed that the hawk protected its young or a nest.
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Residents in the area have been warned to be “aware”.
Audlem and Wybunbury Police said: “A man was attacked by a buzzard yesterday, causing injuries to his face.
“It happened on Wybunbury Lane near the style at the back of Crewe Vagrants.
“We believe the hawk was protecting its young or a nest. Be careful if you are in the area.”
Now the most common bird of prey in the UK, the hawks are large with broad rounded wings and a short neck and tail.
When flying, they often hold their wings in a shallow “V” position and their tails are outstretched.
Hawks are usually brown with a white collar below the breast and white undersides of the wings.
The beak of a buzzard is pointed and hooked and it has large feet with sharp talons. It has a wingspan of around 120cm and weighs up to 1kg.
They are commonly found in woods, farmland and heathland and even in some urban areas where there is sufficient green space.
Based on Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) female hawks can become aggressive while protecting their young during the nesting season, against what they consider to be a potential threat.
However, the buzzard’s nesting season usually ends in May.