A treat this past weekend while birdwatching with Birdlife Cyprus – an ornithologist with the group had brought along a rehabilitated Common Buzzard (Buteo buteo) to be released.
The buzzard, or hawk as Americans such as myself might say, was found by a local of the area about a week prior, and was dead by all indications. The person who found the bird drove it half an hour to the ornithologist’s home, who agreed that the bird was dead. He managed some water and ‘half a mouse’ down its throat somehow anyway, and a day or so later the bird woke up. By a few days later, the bird had its appetite back, and appeared back to health.
The verdict: likely a case of a poisoned bird, which was thankfully not fatal. The buzzard took off without difficulty, flew to a post about a hundred yards off to rest for 20 minutes or so, and was gone.