News from the Friends of Pickerings Pasture.
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Sunday 6th September 2018. Kestrel Pellet Yesterday we found a kestrel pellet on the bird table. Today I enjoyed taking it apart and finding the bones enclosed in the matted fur. It contained two wood mouse skulls: if you look at the close up you can see the teeth. Also there were thigh bones, plenty of smaller leg bones, ribs and a few bits I couldn't positively identify. There is one clear vertebra and a couple of pieces but they were really difficult to find.
11th September 2018 Buzzard at high tide roost The buzzard sat on one of the fences opposite the hide for most of the high tide. It was scanning the ground continuously and would suddenly jump down, wings flailing and feet stamping. Up it came with a vole in its talons and it sat quietly for several minutes before flying off towards United Utilities. It soon returned for a repeat performance!
At one point a juvenile buzzard flew out from U U giving the food-call but we did not see it being fed, although it probably was on at least on occasions, as it stopped calling.