Monday 23 November 2020

23rd November 2020 - Lockdown 2 - Day 19 - Cycle Ride and Kestrel

 A brighter morning this morning, although a lot colder and there may well have been a touch of frost overnight. I had to go into York today, so decided to cycle through some country lanes on the way there, some of the same route that we took yesterday, although it was a lot quieter today. 

Most trees have lost their leaves now, although the ivy that has colonised these trees is flowering

The wind across these fields can be quite strong and I think that the twists and turns of the branches of these trees has been the outcome of decades, if not a hundred or more years of such buffeting. 

A lot of sheep are out on the fields and it is obvious that a ram is having Christmas come early!

One wonders what the gossip is in this huddle in the middle of the field!

Finally for today, I frequently see a kestrel (Falco tinnunculus) perched or hunting while I am out cycling, in fact some have regular territories, often near busy roads. This one, however, is near a farm in a tiny village called Catterton, and I see it quite often perched in a tree or hunting over the nearby fields. They do seem to be wary of humans in my experience so don't often have chance to photograph one but this one was watching me from a farm building cautiously having flown off from a nearby tree when I cycled up. 
However, the other week I saw one chasing off a buzzard when I was cycling near Towton! (some gulls today were chasing a buzzard off too!)

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