No kestrels

A (nearly) 200-mile motorway journey from Yorkshire to darkest Hertfordshire, and not a single kestrel spotted en route. We did, however, spot a couple of dozen buzzards.

Buzzard
Buzzard.

Twenty years ago, these figures would have been reversed: buzzards were a relative rarity, and kestrels were a common sight hovering above motorway verges.

It's strange how different birds' fortunes change over time. Darwinian Natural Selection is still at work alongside the highways of Blighty—as it is everywhere else. I wonder what's happened to all the kestrels.

Perhaps the buzzards have eaten them.

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