All Notes submitted to British Birds are subject to independent review, either by the Notes Panel or by the BB Editorial Board.Those considered appropriate for BB will be published either here or on our website (www.britishbirds.co.uk) subject to the availability of space.On 10th May 2009, I spent an hour in the East Hide at Minsmere, Suffolk, and witnessed some unexpected behaviour from a female Common Shelduck Tadorna tadorna, which attacked the nest of a pair of Common Coots Fulica atra. I watched the Shelduck taking three eggs; each in turn was taken around 10 m or more from the Coots’ nest and destroyed, although not eaten (plate 405).On 1st December 2008, while walking through Coed Crafnant North Wales Wildlife Trust reserve, Meirionnydd, my partner and I were surprised to see a Common Buzzard Buteo buteo rise from the Bracken Pteridium aquilinum in front of us gripping, and apparently being held by, a rather damaged-looking Tawny Owl Strix aluco. The buzzard failed to get enough lift to take off and the two sunk back into the bracken, out of sight. After waiting in silence for a few minutes, we approached to find the two birds grasping each other’s legs withsuch concentration that we were able to get within a metre or two without them showing any sign of letting go or fleeing. I took a couple Paul Jerem 105a North View Road, London N8 7LR EDITORIAL COMMENT Although it is not unusual that diurnal raptors such as buzzards will kill owls,
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