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Observed: 27th February 2011 By: CarolGCarolG’s reputation in Birds
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Description:

Sorry about the photos. They were taken late afternoon. The Sparrowhawk ? plummeted down into our back garden. My husband was inside the house and he heard a loud noise which sounded like a loud thump or clap. The ? tore into the pigeon. There was feathers everywhere. It stayed a while. Then took off with the pigeon remains.

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus) interacts

Comments

bobthebirder's picture

sparrowhawk or peregrine?

You can just see the eyestripe on this bird which is very much a feature of sparrowhawks. A peregrine would show a more black and white head, with a white or cream upper chest.

Bob Ford

lordro's picture

Sparrowhawk or Peregrine?

The broad, muscular chest and Carol's description of the kill suggest Peregrine; but her mention of the yellow eyes,which seem discernible in the photos, sway me to agree with Bob: Sparrowhawk (I think!).