Sunday, 12 October 2008

A Morning full of Merlin

This morning Drink House Lane was twitching with lots of garden birds. Two mistlethrushes clackered - ready to guard their bursting hawthorn lane. House sparrows whirred-as-one from hedge-to-field-to-hedge-and-back every time a jogger passed. The only stillness in the field was a lone grey partridge (a rarity round here) trusting its camouflage.

Robin calls were piercing the thin mist and peeling it back so by the time I'd reached Croston Finney the sky was powder blue. 60+ lapwings broadly flapping to my right, a grey heron's lollopping flight to my left and then-
A merlin chases two tiny birds, finds itself mobbed by three crows and then, seizing their advantage, the two tiny birds fly down on it and mob it too! What a sight chipping in! The five of them forcing the merlin down.
And later as I tread a tractor path - the merlin four feet from me - glides elegant and low, less that two feet above the stubble. Scanning the field's length to flush more-nervous creatures out.

And on towards Croston Moss where four red-legged partridges stand motionless, heads thrust high, peeping over the stubble as a flock a goldfinch jingle by.

Then homeward bound to rescue a rosemary leg of lamb, roast parsnips and spuds from the oven. Mmmmmmmmm.
photos of grey partridge and merlin copied from


Crafty Green Poet said...

wonderful description of your birdwatching sights!

The Weaver of Grass said...

Love your walk. we too have a merlin. Last year one hit our kitchen window and was badly injured. We donned gardening gloves and caught it in a strawberry net, put it in a box and took it to the vet but its wing was too badly broken and he had to put it down. It was such a beautiful and such a wild bird that we really felt a sense of loss.

Anonymous said...

Yummm roast lamb and veges. I was just watching four blue cheeked honeyeaters squabbling in the tree outside. Now I'm hungry,

Mistlethrush said...

Thanks for the comments.

Weaver - what a shame about the kestrel. At least you knew what to do and tried. I've never seen a wild bird that close up I bet it was amazing - and very sad too given the circumstances.

Gingatao - Blue-cheeked honey-eaters - are you from Australia? We went to the Blue Mountains once for a holiday - awesome!

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