Peregrine falcon? (but tiny photo!)
The more I look at the RSPB drawing the more I think it looks like the one I saw today….. it’s the kind of mutton chops moustache markings…. It was definitely a young bird, whatever it was. It didn’t move a muscle as I photographed it and cycled past, now I wish I’d have rescued it. CG, it was a bit further down the path from where we sat down and ate lunch when you stopped here for a bike ride on your way back from hols a couple of years ago.Posted 6 years agocinnamon_girlSubscriber
😆 at mutton chops moustache markings! Amazing that it didn’t move, poor little thing.
Oh yes I remember. Sorry I was thinking of that nice track that leads downhill to Berwick St. James. There used to be guinea fowl at the farmhouse but it’s been a long time since I’ve ridden that.Posted 6 years agosnowpaulMember
bird geek here too – its def 100% a northern hobby – stripes and colour give it away – we have peregrines on our local church and I see them daily – definitely not a peregrine. They are bigger and more bluey grey in colour. Both amazing birds – watching hobbies hunt is an inspiring experience – acrobatic to say the least when chasing dragonflies. Peregrines are more powerful and intense.
paulPosted 6 years agobeagleMember
Another bird geek here. My best sighting of this species was of 4 bombing about bothering various hirundines close to Frensham Common. Awesome sight. Especially pleasing as I’d just been watching a Dartford Warbler too. Ace 🙂
Factoid: Subbuteo – the table football game, was named after the Hobby. The inventor was another bird geek. The species Latin name is Falco Subbuteo!!! From memory he couldn’t trademark ‘hobby’ as the name of the game he created, so went for subbuteo instead!Posted 6 years agoCountZeroMember
Probably a Hobby, they are around Wiltshire, although I’ve not seen one yet. There’s a breeding pair of Peregrines in the centre of Bath, and I’ve seen a pair on the ground in Biddestone before they got miffed with me watching them and took off. Peregrines are big birds, nearly crow sized, but narrower wings. Smaller than a Gyr, about the same size as a Saker. Kites haven’t got that far south yet, though, they’re only just expanding into North Wilts.Posted 6 years agodaveatextremistsdotcoukSubscriber
I once rescued a kestrel which had probably been hit by a car and was flapping about on the ground. This was on my commute to work on the Isle of Wight. Managed to cycle 4 miles with the thing half stunned and motionless in my left hand. Got as far as the East Cowes chain ferry where the crowd of curious onlookers freaked it out and off it flew apparently unscathed. A happy ending for once.Posted 6 years ago
Thanks all for answers and info! I wanted it to be a baby peregrine, but hobby is good too. Beagle – really interesting about the latin name… I knew what the hobby was called in latin but not why! Count Zero, I saw red kites (3) flying above the same path where I saw the baby hobby. V unusual I know, and have only seen them once there, but definitely kites not buzzards, I can ID them ok 🙂 This is just outside Salisbury, and either much earlier this year or the end of last.
hurray for kestrel-rescuer Dave! 🙂Posted 6 years agovdMember
Red kites are becoming very common in this area. My sightings in the last year or 2 include Andover, Vernham Dean, various along the A34, Dummer, Wickham and Owslebury/Winchester.
Pair of Peregrines used to nest in the ruins at Bishops Waltham.
Only seen hobbies once – a pair doing acrobatics over suburban Southampton about 15 years ago. Fantastic.
Now if that poorly Hobby had been wearing a helmet………….Posted 6 years ago
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