It was heartening to see. This particular verge is a very wide strip of land that stands at the entrance to a farm on the Yorkshire Wolds.
The farmer's decision not to mow it down this year has meant that this bird of prey, and hopefully many others, now has somewhere to hunt.
I have been campaigning to try to persuade landowners to resist the urge to make their driveways neat and tidy and instead leave the grass long as a habitat for wildlife.
Click here for more on the issue as detailed in my latest Yorkshire Post column.