Earlier this week, I was walking to work through a crowd of terraced houses. In between two guinnels (Or possibly snickets to you!), on the other side of the road (Basically a car park not a road), perched on a waist high metal railing just feet away from me was a bird of some size. I had my head down and when I looked up, I did a double take, wondering is this really a bird of such size right here, in of all places, just feet in front of me?
There was a hint of blue around the collar and as it flew away I thought it was a kestrel but did think that it seemed chunkier. It wasn’t a red kite and maybe sparrowhawks aren’t massive but it seems the likely candidate as oppose to a buzzard. When it was perched on the railing it was some size from top to bottom. It was just absolutely unbelievable to see it in amongst a load of terraced houses. I have seen a sparrowhawk at ground level before, at Center Parcs (A wooded area), right next to a cabin. Let’s just say that it came off better than the other bird!
After my brief (Help out after things out of our control didn’t go to plan!) shift, I went to collect our new car as planned.
Later we headed to a deer park about half an hour away. I might have once failed spectacularly to catch fish at a fish farm (!) but can find deer in a deer park. To be clear, in the photo above they were straddling the path. We let them cross and my photo is zoomed in so yes we were close but nothing silly! Apologies that the photo is a bit dingy. The sun came out soon after.
Let me know if you’ve had any enjoyable animal sightings recently…