We have been delighted this week by the antics of our new neighbours as they have called to each other and checked out the neighbourhood. Can you spot them in the photograph above. On the day I took that photograph there were three of them visiting. You need to look closely! They have interrupted meals, pilates and even blogging as every time I have heard them I have rushed out to say hello. Unsurprisingly they have not been particularly interested in saying hello back, they were far more interested in the chimneys and aerials.
Our potential new neighbours are Common Kestrels. I say potential as I’m not sure they are going to stay as some of the other neighbours were really not keen on them moving into the neighbourhood. It was the female who was hassled but she stood her ground (well post) and the magpie eventually gave up.
After the magpie left, the kestrel stayed around a while hunting. We saw her flying back to another post further away after one of her dives and she was definitely pecking at something at her feet. Not a vole but maybe an insect, unfortunately at that distance even with my amazing camera I couldn’t quite see what she had, if anything. Can you work it out? You’ll need to click on the gallery below to enlarge.
Their Portuguese name is Peneireiro-vulgar, and they can be found all over Portugal. Here in the Algarve they are mostly found along the coast. We have only seen them a few times and so it was really lovely to be able to enjoy their antics this week. And to share it with you as part of Six Word Saturday.