- Anyone ID this feathered little thug?
(ninja edited to correct the gender – the male has a reddish tinge to the chest – sorry martinhutch)Posted 3 years ago
Bunnyhop – it was annoying as the battery in the DSLR was dead so that was taken with a little compact through a blind from the upstairs window! This little fella was sat there for a good hour- fluttered around and re-perched occasionally but was keeping out of the drizzle.
A particularly stupid pigeon landed in the tree above it and it was great to see the instant focus of the sparrowhawk. Unfortunately the pigeon flew off…Posted 3 years agoGrizlaMember
pigeon landed in the tree above it
They tend to swoop rather than pounce, I reckon the pigeon was taunting it.
A sparrowhawk was inches from swooping into my face at a huge rate of knots a couple of weeks back. Awesome reactions from the bird to avoid a collision. Lucky really, because the bird was long gone before I even registered it.Posted 3 years ago
A month ago our local pesky squirrel was merrily munching away at the sunflower seeds in the bird feeder. To my utter amazement a female sparrowhawk came flying in for the kill and attacked it.Posted 3 years ago
Squirrel was stunned and didn’t move far quite a while. A first for me to witness.coreMember
I was at home one day when I heard a thud and saw a sparrowhawk in a heap in the back garden looking injured and distressed, was stood on one of it’s own wings – was going out there with thoughts of having to catch it, or finish it off.
I got about 2 yards away and it took off at a rate of knots, up over the back fence, only for a buzzard to instantly take after it – it all became apparent how he’d got there.
It seemed to fly ok, and the buzzard didn’t catch it while I was watching! Lovely birds, shame we don’t see many!Posted 3 years agoell_tellMember
Pretty sure its a Sparrowhawk that landed in my parents garden some months back, and proceded to disembowel a small bird.
Left a hell of a mess but fascinating to watch. Unless you’re a small bird.
I have some rubbish compact camera pics, I’ll see if I can post later
Edit: Also got some Peregrines that nest at work, so I’ll see if I can post them tooPosted 3 years agodannyhMember
As I arrived at home one day I went to turn into the opening of a gravel driveway near our house to turn the car around and there was a sparrowhawk in the entrance to the drive with one foot on the chest of a pigeon. The pigeon had a wound, but couldn’t have been too badly hurt as they both flew off as I pulled the car in. Sparrowhawk must have been quite strong because I can guarantee the pigeon would have been heavier. How on earth it thought it would be able to cart it off somewhere to eat it is beyond me!Posted 3 years agoSkillWillMember
Got home to a lot of feathers and this two nights ago:
Suspected sparrowhawk – I even tweeted Chris Packham (no less!) to ask if that was likely and got a reply *swoon* agreeing it probably was that or maybe a peregrine.
Was impressed the way it took the breasts and just left the rest.Posted 3 years ago
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