A kestrel on the wing

A day pottering in the garden was very much in the company of our local birdlife, as fledglings and adults of all manner of species visited during the day.
The garden ‘day’ list in fact numbered 19 – blue tit, great tit, coal tit, greenfinch, goldfinch, blackbird, pied wagtail, wood pigeon, collared dove, wren, chaffinch, dunnock, robin, house martin, swallow, crow, greater spotted woodpecker, magpie and kestrel.
Whilst most of the birds were interested in feeding on the seeds or nuts, or bathing and drinking in the sink, the last two were definitely on the look out for the easy pickings of weaker fledglings and were often mobbed away by clouds of finches and tits.
The kestrel was a fine sight and swooped almost to my feet as I watched it with my lens in the field at the back of the garden. A female, it was likely hunting to feed it’s own, still nest bound offspring and patrolled the village throughout the afternoon.

Chaffinch (female)

pied wagtail – adult

pied wagtail – juvenile

blue tit – recent fledgling

kestrel – female


  1. A handsome raptor, that kestrel. We have a fair number of their American cousins in New York City, where they favor 19th century cornices for nesting cavities. BTW, recently, a Eurasian hobby, well off course, was causing some excitement in eastern Massachusetts.

  2. These navigationally challenged birds do cause a stir don't they. I stumbled across a semipalmated sandpiper in Pembrokeshire a few years back that had a few birders following it about.

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