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To be upset over our kestrel?

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We live in a rural area. All summer we have been right in the territory of a wild kestrel. Every morning, he is on the telegraph wire outside my window, whenever I go out, there he is, hovering over the fields, hunting. It has been a priviledge to be able to get close to something so wild and beautiful!
Anyway, I drove out of the drive this morning, and there he was, mangled on the road! sad I'm gutted! I know it's nobodies fault, and it's just an animal, but really, it's such a shame!

ripsishere Tue 27-Nov-12 03:20:52

Thanks smile. It was almost 25 years ago. I still think of her/him at least once --a decade- a year.

CaliforniaLeaving Tue 27-Nov-12 04:16:47

Aww sorry about your Kestrel Saggy and your duck too rip
I love watching the wild life around here, although I wasn't too impressed with the giant Hawk that took off with one of my Chickens a few years back, the kids were screaming and the other Chickens ran for cover, and poor old limpy (our runt chick that we didn't think would make it) was gone in an instant.
I must be over it though as we had some nest pairs and the acrobatics while mating was quite spectacular. A Deer has taken to our back yard now, no dogs to bother her, she has had twins two years in a row and is bold and fearless. I took a picture of them standing at the bottom of our back steps, so pretty. They come by each day to graze and eat the oak tree and bed down under the trees sometimes.
I need to figure out how to put up a picture so you can see our Lady and her babes, they are big already.

CaliforniaLeaving Tue 27-Nov-12 04:31:13

I figured it out and put my Mummy Deer ad one of her baby's picture up.

FairPhyllis Tue 27-Nov-12 04:42:20

Aw. No, you're NBU, OP (and everyone else who has lost a bird).

I usually think every year about what happened to all the birds in my parents' garden we don't see any more. We used to see a lapwing and a robin every year - and for years we had a thrush and a starling who were friends and played together in the pond. The thrush was particularly silly and after bathing in the pond would lie down on the patio, fluff itself up and spread out its wings and sunbathe.

SourMilkGill Tue 27-Nov-12 04:45:50

CL - you need to make your profile public for us to see it

Euphemia Tue 27-Nov-12 06:48:48

Aaw poor Kes. sad

DH and I would be just like you. We have names for the three grey squirrels that come to our garden. smile The first one was George, then we noticed a second one with teats so natch she's Georgina, then when a little one appeared of course that's Georgette. grin

We're on the boundary of red squirrel territory. We had some literature through the door yesterday from the local red squirrel action group telling us where we could get traps to help curtail this "invasion"! shock

This wee squirrel family has given us such pleasure, we're now going to have to keep their presence quiet! It's kind of cool - we're harbouring a vigilante squirrel group! smile

Selks Tue 27-Nov-12 09:38:01

Rips, sorry about your little duck sad

Cortana Tue 27-Nov-12 11:41:24

YANBU. sad.

I know it's twee but I like the idea that he was so appreciated by you when he was in the wild. thanks

Pootles2010 Tue 27-Nov-12 11:45:36

YANBU. We managed to rescue one years ago - it was quite young, not long out of the nest I think, it flew into our patio windows. Picked it up, thinking it was dead, it woke up in my hands - had quite the shock! It stayed quite calm for ages, assume it was the shock?

Anyway he'd broken his wing, stayed quite happily in his box in our kitchen overnight, then went to animal sanctuary place in morning, now released back to wild. Was amazing to see one so up close, they are amazing, I'm really sad about your poor chap sad

Alisvolatpropiis Tue 27-Nov-12 11:59:25

YANBU - it's sad. It's exactly the kind of thing that would upset me quite a bit.

ArkadyRose Tue 27-Nov-12 13:36:16

At our old house (about a 20-minute walk from where we live now), there was a patch of waste ground beyond the fence at the bottom of our garden where a large dog fox brought his vixen every year & they raised their cubs. I nicknamed him Maynard, after one of the local schools. I got quite used to the sight of him & his family in our garden, to the point where I could recognise the cubs when they moved out of the den.

A few months back, I was walking down the busy main road near the Co-op when there was a screech of brakes and a young vixen got hit by a car as she tried to dash across. I and a passerby went into the road & he held up the traffic whilst I picked her up & brought her safely to the kerb, but sadly she was too far gone and died in my arms. She was one of Maynard's daughters. sad

I ended up carrying her all the way home & burying her in the garden under the cherry tree, as I couldn't abide to think of her just being tossed in the trash. I cried my heart out pretty much all day.

I don't get emotional over humans, but animals do it every time. YADNBU; I would be just as upset in your place.

CaliforniaLeaving Tue 27-Nov-12 17:26:38

SourMilk made it public so you can see the Deer.

CaliforniaLeaving Tue 27-Nov-12 17:27:57

Arkladyrose that was so sad, poor little fox.
They must have been fun to watch as they grew.

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