I'm fuming, really angry and massively suspicious now, everything started off great, I found one of the Sprawks collecting nesting material as you can see from the image below, rather shoddy image, poor light,dark wooded area and what light was flooding in was coming straight at me, but posted it just to illustrate the bird is starting to build it's nest.
So I got chatting with a local fisherman whom I know, this bloke last year approached a bunch of kids who were shooting geese and coots with an air riffle and got shot, he was telling me about our eastern European friends whom have drained the lake of most of the carp, he saw them last night after I left (he doesn't miss much) walking towards were the sprawk is, to further back this up around the base of the tree are "foreign" branded cigarette butts (I loved Columbo as a kid lol), who ever it is knows a bit about nature as they've already realised (before me!!) where the sprawk is nesting. So I've done two things a) I've left a note with one of the nails attached simply saying "we're watching you" b) I've brought my trusted knuckle duster out of retirement...I WILL NOT TOLERATE A RAPTOR COMING TO HARM ON MY PATCH. I fear this is going to end in tears and not for me...really,really angry.
So I took my other hound, the Australian Shepherd with me this afternoon, he's not very "people friendly" and could come in handy, I started of by taking some images of the park, firstly some Bluebells, though I think these are the Spanish variety, we've not had Bluebells on the park before...
Now I'm going to step up "patrols" of the nesting site and have also received help from the fisherman (name withheld so he doesn't get implicated), however I have to think hard now....Did the culprits read the blog? Or had they been observing me? There are some houses very nearby but I think it could be when I was up the tree removing nails, someone saw me...not good either way, if only there was a national organisation that could help with protecting birds hey?!!