Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Kermit the Kestrel- a new arrival
Look at this little baby Kestrel! I've called him Kermit. A couple were walking along the Wolds Way when they spotted this little bundle on the floor. Alongside it was a dismembered leg & a head. So it seems like the whole nest has been raided probably by tawny owls. This one had probably jumped off the nest to escape during the scuffle. It had been lucky to survive as the nest is some 70 feet up. Tawny owls can be vicious birds and once they know that there are chicks of other birds of prey they will keep returning to the nest until every last chick is killed. So I've decided to hand rear this little chick and then release it into the wild. I've done this several times before and sometimes it is a success and sometimes it's not. I'll let you know how I get on.