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Kestrel


by Richard Jones

Not much is roused in the cold today. But then...in the high distance of the craggy blocks of flats on Dawson's Heights is the unmistakable silhouette of a kestrel hanging in the air.


Richard JonesIt's ten to nine on a weekday morning and the start of the last week of school. It's only a short walk to school and there is always the opportunity of peering over fences and hedges to see what else is going on in other people's gardens in the neighbourhood.

Not much is roused in the cold today. But then, waiting for the bell in the playground, there, away off in the high distance of the craggy blocks of flats on Dawson's Heights is the unmistakable silhouette of a kestrel hanging in the air.

Its wings flutter for a few seconds, then stop, but it does not move against the sky. Well does it live up to its old English name of windhover. It flutters again and adjusts its position slightly. By now I've been able to point it out to my daughters and they then point it out to some of their friends. They gain a modicum of kudos from knowing a 'hawk' when they see one.

Then it drifts away over the buildings and is gone. Well I never. I know it's a common bird, but I usually associate it with roadsides rather than gardens. That's the first time I've seen one in East Dulwich.



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Gardeners' World Web User 23/12/2007 at 08:58

Was amazed on two occasions last year to see a bird which my husband informed me was a kestrel in our back garden. On one occasion he was on the fence, the next time on top of the bird feeder. Needless to say not too many birds around the feeder at the time. Haven't seen him since but keep hoping.

Gardeners' World Web User 30/12/2007 at 11:50

I have a big problem with the mess on my paving around the greenhouse, caused by wood pigeons roosting in a very large fir tree which overhangs the garden. The staining seems impossible to remove even with a power washer.Any suggestions apart from taking out the tree!

Gardeners' World Web User 12/03/2010 at 22:26

re kestrel in Dunfermline -there is one which lands occasionally in and around my allotment.The sparrows are terrified when it's around, they shelter deeply into dense growth or dart to hide in Leylandii. It was hovering today, but flock of seagulls chased it away -last seen heading due south, possibly towards Fife!

Gardeners' World Web User 28/11/2011 at 18:30

Can anyone help. We seem to have a mole in our garden for the first time. We noticed a heap of soil about two weeks ago. It's getting worse! Can anything be done or do you have to wait until they move on!!!