This morning was icy again down to -3 but clear and sunny. Up at the coast field yesterdays Fieldfare flock appeared very agitated and approached much closer than last time. A scan of the field showed the cause of their concern.
The Peregrine had already reduced their number by one and was getting stuck in to breakfast. After about 20 minutes he flew over head towards the Old Rectory and settled in the trees in their garden where it could be heard calling. Crows piled in to further annoy the marauder causing it to fly, this time circling to gain hieght. One crow pushed his luck too far. When it mobbed the Peregrine out of sight behind the trees I thought that was it gone, but seconds later both crow and peregrine came racing back out the otherside, but roles were reversed. The Peregrine made some great playing stoops at corbie, calling all the while before relaxing and drifting away.
I bet the crow will think twice about who he picks on in future.
After the excitement, the whole village remained in a hushed silence for a while, as if the birds were thinking 'thank god that wasn't me'....