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Watching nature take its course, from the top of a hill in northern England

What’s for Lunch?

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We were just having a bite to eat, when we caught site of a Kestrel hovering over the field, (I’ve long since given up on getting decent photos of such things, but never mind.)

Kestrel

The ground falls away from the house so you can be at ‘eye level’ with a hovering kestrel, (and they are mesmerising to watch) it held it position in the strong, buffeting wind, with no more than a twitch of it wings, before dropping like a stone

Kestrel 2

A second later, it flew off with a generous meal,

Kestrel 1

We think its catch was a mole, we certainly have plenty about,

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they are digging up the lawn

Mole, deceased 1 

as well as the field: I’ve posted about moles and mole catching before..

Mummified Mole

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Author: uphilldowndale

Watching the rhythm of rural life, from the top of a hill in northern England. Having spent most of my life avoiding writing, I now need to do it! I am no domestic goddess, but if I were expecting visitors to my home, I would whisk round with the duster and plump up the cushions and generally make the place look presentable. I hope that by putting my words where others may see them it will encourage me to ‘tidy up and push the Hoover around’ my writing. On the other hand I may just be adding to the compost heap. Only time will tell! Pull up a chair, sit yourself down, I’ll put the kettle on.

9 thoughts on “What’s for Lunch?

  1. A very nice series of images about nature

  2. Okay, that last one is a little nasty looking. Nasty looking teeth, too. When our farm office was still out in the country, we had an American Kestrel land on the window sill next to my cubical. I didn’t have my camera with me at the time, so no captures of it, but I did get to enjoy the beauty of the little guy close up, before he flew off.

    • That happened to me with a sparrow hawk, which we rarely get more than a fleeting glance of, they move so quick and keep to the woodlands. I was sat on the steps in the garden having a quiet cup of tea when it landed on the wall right next to me, I’m not sure who was more surprised me or the hawk, but it was a treat to get so close up and personal with such an illusive bird.

  3. Oh, Mrs. Uhdd, what you should have from Santa, seeing as how you’ve been a very good blogger, is a Digi-Scope:
    Digi-scoping birder in Lincolnshire

    Hmm. I’ve just had a look at the prices. Maybe a combination Christmas/birthday/anniversary present . . .

  4. PS – I’ve been off reading about moles and have decided to toast “The Little Gentleman in Black Velvet.” Not for knocking William of Orange off his perch–I have no quarrel with William–but for eating his weight daily in “earthworms . . . slugs, beetles, spiders, centipedes, and leather-jackets.”

    • Time to linger, that’s what I need, I know the favourite hunting ground of many a kestrel and a buzzard has been around this week, but time to stop and wait for just the right light and the right moment, that’s what I need most

    • Time to linger, that’s what I need, I know the favourite hunting ground of many a kestrel and a buzzard has been around this week, but time to stop and wait for just the right light and the right moment, that’s what I need most

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  6. The best success I have had with getting rid of moles is using the bait and applicator from http://www.mole-be-gone.com

    Hope this helps!

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