Last night I went out in the sleet/snow, to put an item out for collection in the morning. As I opened the front door I heard something drop to the ground behind the bay tree that sits just outside.
I went and fetched my torch and to my amazement it was a female Kestrel. I guess she was using the bay tree as a sheltered roost, so I let her be.
We often seen Kestrels in the garden dive-bombing the smaller birds, but I've never seen one so close before.