We're on almost 8 acres (at the end of the road) with 5-10 acre parcels behind us - in front we've got a 1000+ acre cattle ranch where the bulls live during the summer (cows too in winter) so not very many people are around...
That's pretty cool - sounds like an ideal situation for wildlife photos! I'm looking at a little place thats on 6 acres and then surrounded by woods and farmland. I like the isolation a bit because of the wildlife but also because I think it would afford some security for my birds just because folks won't want to drive a 3/4 mi driveway just to see what's back there and mess around.
It's just over here in the states we call them all Hawks, and vultures somehow picked up the buzzard name. I've read some falconry texts where they refer to the Red-tailed Buzzard and are meaning of course our Red-tailed Hawk
I've heard the buzzard term used in NY though I think the further south you go the more common in use it becomes. You're welcome I encountered its use for soaring hawks a little over 5 years ago when I started studying to become a falconer.
Cool. I see them flying around the city. We have a "river" (dried up, but big man-worked river) that probably gets a lot of critters and the streets for roadkill. I never see them land but the hawks also like to see on the freeway light poles, so there must be something in the landscaping that they want. On my road trip vacation last year I saw 4-6 vultures eating what was probably a deer. It was on the 17 Mile Drive in Pebble Beach. My boyfriend's mom wanted to photograph the big houses as we drove by, so she and my boyfriend were completely oblivious to the dinner party sitting outside a big yellow house. I was squealing and he thought it was because of the house. O_o Who squeals for a large yellow house that is not a Victorian/Queen Anne? I wish I could have walked back for photos.
It is great how the hawks take advantage of the light poles! They're smart enough to (usually) stay off the road, lol. And I'm laughing at your description of squealing at the group of vultures the 17 Mile Drive is a cool road
I've never lived in the LA area but do know what you mean by the man-worked rivers.
Haha, vultures are just plain awesome. First time seeing them eating too, which I have wanted to see in-person for a long time. I saw one at a regional park on a large electrical pole. Some guys came by and noticed it too and said it was an "ugly bird". Total death stare until they were out of sight. Turkey vultures are especially cute! It's certainly different. Love the trees there. Definitely need those tall, solid walls if people are paying to gawk at your house.
Yeah it is really wide and just gravel. So big, part of it is a golf course. Strangest place for one but even without the drought we get very little rain here.