Joking Apart

On my ride down for the paper today I saw not just our old friend ASBO Buzzard, busy chasing off an interloping red kite from its territory, but a beautiful male kestrel who was working his way up the road in front of me, ready to pick off any voles or mice that dashed out of the long grass and onto the road. And last night, out in a car for once, we saw a young deer slinking off into the woods – and a badger loping along the verge, both thankfully keeping well out of traffic (‘I’m glad we didn’t hit him,’ my companion said of the badger. ‘They can do a lot of damage to the car…’)

So while I’m all for science – and I shall still be keeping my eyes peeled for squished critters – I’m quite glad to report another non-result for the Splatter Project today. Long may it continue (although a few pheasants probably wouldn’t be too terribly missed…)

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5 Responses to Joking Apart

  1. Anonymous says:

    Delighted to hear about your Kestral and the badger. All the years I lived in Scotland and then Ireland I never saw a badger. Maybe next year in Scotland

  2. Flighty says:

    I’ve never seen a badger in the wild. xx

  3. disgruntled says:

    I’ve seen them at badger watching events – but never just bumbling along the road like that.

  4. WOL says:

    We have American kestrels here that look very similar to their Scottish/European counterparts, although you have to get away from the city limits to see them. Lovely birds. We also have a bird called a Mississippi Kite which has a falcon like shape but has a wing span of 33 inches/91 cm. They are “two toned” grey, with lighter grey breasts and darker grey wings. They are beautiful birds, but they are notorious for dive bombing anyone who gets within about 50 feet of their nests, and equally notorious for nesting in our city parks. (I would guess this to be our local equivalent of your ASBO buzzard.) — During nesting season, our local TV news channels broadcast public service alerts to warn residents which parks they are nesting in, to keep dogs and children away from the nesting areas, and remind everyone that it is against the law to “interfere” with them or their nests.

  5. disgruntled says:

    It’s great when you’re not allowed to interfere with the wildlife that’s bent on interfering with you …

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