Monday mornings drive to work was interesting for a number of reasons. I've touched on the singing Corn Bunting (which, as expected was still on his post this morning. 3 days and counting!). However the main interest was in a strange mix of birds: Blackbird, Common Gull and Kestrel. What do these birds all have in common? Well they were all road collision victims on the country lanes I drive between mine and York.
I've found a few interesting birds in the last year on the roads in the area such as Lesser Black-backed Gull, Green Woodpecker and Great Tit! I try and stop, (where safe!) to check them for rings etc.
The Common Gull was a bit of a mess and the Blackbird was too dangerous to stop for, however the Kestrel was not in too bad condition so I grabbed it. I thought there was quite a good chance it may be ringed but unfortunately it wasn't. It was also good to be able to see this species up close and personal, just a shame it was not still alive!
Back home I grabbed some photographs of the bird.
Kestrel - side view
Kestrel - open wing upperside
Kestrel - Close-up of primary coverts
Kestrel - back view spread tail
Kestrel - spread tail
Kestrel - the feet
Kestrel - underwing (secondary/inner wing)
Kestrel - underwing (primaries)
Kestrel - chest and flanks
Kestrel - back rump and tail