Naturelog: Thursday 26th September

Posted: September 27, 2013 in Birds, Natural History
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Had spent most of the day working at home. The garden had been reasonably quiet during the day with the usual collection of Crows, Magpies and Pigeons. As I was preparing to pack up and get ready to go out I glanced out of the window and first saw a magpie on the grass in the middle of the grass. I was then aware of a larger darker bird close to it. Quickly picking up my binoculars I saw it was the female Sparrowhawk who rather unusually was feeding on a Common Pigeon (Even the larger female Sparrowhawks tend to go for something smaller like a Thrush or a Starling).

Not knowing how long it would be around I quickly grabbed the camera and took some photos and video.

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After a couple of minutes it flew off with the pigeon still in its talons (only just above the ground) into the secluded area at the back of the garden and was lost to view.

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