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Feral Pigeon, Remains of Sparrowhawk Attack

Observed: 15th March 2013 By: Simon WalkerSimon Walker’s reputation in BirdsSimon Walker’s reputation in BirdsSimon Walker’s reputation in BirdsSimon Walker’s reputation in BirdsSimon Walker’s reputation in Birds
Feral Pigeon, prey of Sparrowhawk, 2013-03-15 005a
Feral Pigeon, prey of Sparrowhawk, 2013-03-15 002a
Description:

The pickings, as it were. They had been moved from the plucking area (separate post).

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Comments

nightfly's picture

Interesting observations

Interesting observations Simon, Ive added a similar thing here-

http://www.ispot.org.uk/node/318960

Cathal.

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Interesting Indeed!

This is the first successful Sparrowhawk attack I've seen. I've seen three others, all failures - two blackbirds, and a group of redpoll, siskin etc gathered around feeders.
I've quite often seen piles of feathers, but this is the first time I can say for sure that I know WHODUNNIT!

Regards

Si

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I once saw a sparrowhawk rush

I once saw a sparrowhawk rush over a back garden I was in, across a small field and then through a hole on a large hedge -at great speed. No sooner had it passed through the gap in the hedge than there was an explosion of racing pigeons on the other side. I wasnt aware of the presence of the pigeon loft behind the hedge but the hawk did and seemed to be using surprise attack tactics. Very impressive.

It seems to like your garden for a hunting ground!

Cathal.

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It Came Back Later

At about 16:10 it returned and had another go at the carcase. Ate a bit, flew up into tree, then off.

Simon