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Saturday, 7 June 2014


Ali and I walked through fields above Rough Hey Wood
and spotted this Kestrel hovering above.

We watched it swoop down and catch something
which it took to the nearby wall to eat.

 We also heard a Cuckoo calling close by.


  1. It was great to see it catch its prey. It must have only been a little snack because as soon as it had finished it started to hover again in search of more food. I think I scared the cuckoo because when it started singing I made an excited squeak and it stopped unfortunately.

  2. Great shots! Its blue-grey head and tail show it's an adult male Kestrel. The female has brown head and tail.

  3. Good news on the Cuckoo as well as I think this is the only report we have from that area this year. We have had plenty of reports of Cuckoo throughout Calderdale this year which is encouraging.
    Nice shots of the Kestrel, looks like it caught a Wood Mouse (?)