Kestrel Falco tinnunculus

They are a familiar sight, hovering beside a motorway, or other main road. Numbers of kestrels declined in the 1970s, probably as a result of changes in farming but have been successful in transfering to more urban environments and in the context of Parkland Walk are likely to be seen near meadow grass areas. They can often be seen perched on a high tree branch, or on a telephone post or wire, on the look out for prey such as mice and other small mammals and birds. Seen all year round.
Photo: © Neil Cheesman