4 July 2019

I returned home to find that the fields surrounding the house had been mown in my absence. Unfortunate timing: watching the local kestrels following the tractor as it mows the field is always a thrill—though not for the local rodents simultaneously trying to escape mower blades and kestrel talons.

A lone kestrel hovered above the gate from our back lawn into the side field: a mopping-up exercise.

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