Flying can be dangerous

We were sad to discover, upon emerging into the -9 degrees of cold this morning for the school run, that a female kestrel had met it’s end and died on our path. Our assumption from the position of the body is that it had broken it’s neck in an impact with our landing window in the first hour or so of day light. There are no impact marks on the window but the position of the body and head suggest that the bird may have been dead before it hit the ground. Blood was apparent around the beak area and wings were outstretched.
This unfortunate circumstance afforded detailed views of the bird not normally available to the naturally curious, so I took some pictures….

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