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

A Bird in the Barn


‘Quick grab the camera, there’s a bird in the barn, it’s quite big.’

So said Mr Uhdd; a kestrel had found its way into the barn, but couldn’t find its way out again.


It was looking a little battered and bewildered


In its frantic efforts to escape it had been launching itself against the window, its feet were swathed in cobwebs and its feathers ruffled. I don’t know, but I wonder if it is a yearling. We thought it might be  injured, but thankfully it seemed to be more a case of it being battered, bruised and exhausted from its efforts.


we opened a door and it flew outside, into an oak tree, it’s feathers in disarray.


(Mr Uhdd and I planted this tree, I thought oaks were slow growing, or maybe we have been here longer than I realise!)


The poor bird harangued by the song birds before it flew lamely off


across the fields. It’s a treat to get close up to such a bird, but like the tawny owl, you wonder if it is because they are not in the peak of condition that they end up being so close up and personal to humans.



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.

17 thoughts on “A Bird in the Barn

  1. Beautiful pictures, glad it was ok

  2. Bless its heart, what an experience it has to relate to all the other kestrels. These are truly wonderful photos. Nice noticing, Mr. Uhdd. Good eye, Mrs. Uhdd.

  3. My first thought was that it looked like a young bird, especially in that bottom photo. And rather sweet too…

  4. it looks a bit podgy
    whats it been eating in your barn

  5. Wonderful photos and a good save for the sweet young bird.

  6. awww, precious bird, great photos. i LOVE this post.

  7. Great to have a blow by blow account of the whole thing! Amazing close-ups of the bird. How did you get it to sit and pose for you like that? It looks young to me. What a beauty.

    • It wasn’t really too fazed by me getting reasonably close to it. I think it had been throwing itself at the glass for a few hours, I heard something in the barn first thing when I let the hens out, it must have been the kestrel

  8. a beautiful bird and so nice to get those lovely photos too xx

  9. Lucky you! It certainly looks like a youngster. xx

  10. Wonderful. LOvely photos.

  11. Now, that’s beautiful. Cute, fluffy and utterly lethal (if you’re the size of a mouse).

  12. More spud please.

  13. Its always magic to get so close to a lovely creature. Hopefully he has fully recovered from his confusing ordeal in the barn. I am sure he is quite grateful for the help!

  14. Your’s is very glamorous also! and has a nice story behind! http://bit.ly/zXdGBT

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