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Sparrowhawk-plucked feathers of what bird?

Observed: 28th July 2012 By: MikeCoon

Feathers collected after seeing a Sparrowhawk plucking a prey item in my garden. Scale indicated by penny coin.

Species interactions

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Identification as European Robin by ophrys

Thanks for that rather sad idea (have soft spot for Robins).

There weren't any noticeably red feathers (I didn't try to gather all of them!). But a young Robin often here since has only just started to redden, so the prey one could have been a spotty (and naive) nest mate with no red.