Sunday, 20 July 2014

Kestrels - What a joy to see.

I recently had the pleasure of spending some time with David Lindo - '' The Urban Birder '' - who specialises in birding in city's and built up areas, his regular patch is Wormwood Scrubs in London, more famous for its nearby H.M. Prison. 

Davids motto is '' look up ''.

Before going birding this morning I went to my local Tesco store in Kettering which is sited next to the A14, on getting back to the car I did indeed '' look up '' and what a  pleasure it was to see this Kestrel perched between the car park and the embankment of the A14.

Well, David may be the '' Urban Birder '' but this bird is nowadays a very common urban bird and certainly not restricted to rural environments where intensive agricultural practices are depleting their food stocks, the uncultivated margins of motorways and dual carriageways are ideal hunting grounds for this raptor.

I have a Sparrowhawk visiting my back garden most days, habits and habitats are dynamic and birds adapt to change so - look up - you never know what you will see !.


  1. It is interesting to see job so much of our wildlife is starting to seek out new hunting/nesting in our urban areas

  2. Good point Douglas, habitat is key - sadly I worry that in two or three generations there won't be a bird in the air !