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The sparrowhawk on the ground inside the chicken run.

Illegal bird deaths rise in UK, RSPB reports

We have goshawks and sparrowhawks on the croft, so it was worrying to read the Guardian’s article about the UK’s uplands losing birds of prey as buzzards, sparrowhawks and peregrine falcons are shot dead or poisoned. Even though they attempt to prey on our Scots Grey poultry, I enjoy seeing birds of prey wheeling on the […]

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Bats in the byre

I was taking the chicken feed through the byre this morning when Harvey, our Border Terrier, stopped, looked at the roof and growled. I expected to look up and see either blackbirds (they pull his hair out) or rats (his job is to kill rats). Instead, I spotted three very small bats hanging from one […]

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A male sparrowhawk hanging off the roof of a cockerel run.

Sparrowhawk hangs about

I locked the chickens up at 4.30pm. All were fine and there were no visitors in the main run or the cockerel runs. I went back out at 6.30pm to feed the pigs, but stopped when Harvey, our Border Terrier, ran to the chicken runs baying madly. When I investigated, I found a male sparrowhawk […]

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Bat about the house

As she was locking the back door this evening, the Other Half’s attention was caught by a fast, flitting movement just above roof height. She called me through to see if it was a bat—not wanting to go outside herself in case it caught in her hair. (Unlikely, I know.) I went out and stood […]

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Ever get the feeling you’re being watched?

I went out the shut the chickens up for the night, but as I was leaning into one of the cockerel boxes to slide the pophole shut I had the sudden feeling I was being watched. I slowly raised my head and looked around. As I swept my eyes across the mass of nettles beneath […]

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