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seriesonenut



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ot -what's this killer in my garden!

A huge crash into the lounge windows tonight and this appeared in the garden but what is it? Lived here 20 years and never seen one before - anyway it is tucking into something it caught


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hawk by Richard Holmes, on Flickr 2010 XS USW
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Badger110



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It's a sparrowhawk.

Either they or the bird they're chasing do have a habit of hitting windows!

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seriesonenut



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cool. I think it's dinner hit the window trying to get away! 2010 XS USW
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^^^^ Definitely is a Sparrowhawk. They are pretty formidable aerial predators.
Prey species are predominantly fellow birds.

I thought I had seen a Red Kite today too, a different species though. Seems like they all came out today.
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Slideywindows



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Kiss goodbye to your garden songbirds.

Bluetits seem to be one of the few species that survive the presence of sparrowhawks.

I've got them nesting everywhere - but precious little else.

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The presence of Sparrowhawks is usually a sign of a healthy local bird population.
We have had a pair in our garden for a number of years with the bigger female usually target pigeons or collared dove and other smaller species being usually taken by the male.They were given legal protection in 1967 following years of persecution by some farmers and game keepers protecting commercial shoots or money.
Their presence has not upset our resident Merlin much to our pleasure. Thumbs Up 2015 Defender 90" Landmark Montalcino
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Procta



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we could with birds like that around here, to keep the seagulls down! Defender TD5 90 ---/--- Peugeot 306 HDI hatch back

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Swine&Small wrote:
The presence of Sparrowhawks is usually a sign of a healthy local bird population.
We have had a pair in our garden for a number of years with the bigger female usually target pigeons or collared dove and other smaller species being usually taken by the male.They were given legal protection in 1967 following years of persecution by some farmers and game keepers protecting commercial shoots or money.
Their presence has not upset our resident Merlin much to our pleasure. Thumbs Up


I tell you a story what happened about 12 years ago about pigeons in one of the local parks. This park was well known for been a pigeon heaven. Anyway, there was a massive decline in pigeons in the park, and around the area. People were like thinking its very odd, and could not explain why. Anyway it later came about that the local kids/ chavs were catching the pigeons and selling them to a couple of local Indian families for £2 quid each. Smile
I have often joked about doing a similar trick to seagulls around our works place. Catch them and sell them to the local takeaway and split the profits between us. Very Happy Not my local takeaway i may add Whistle But who's to say that its not we have eaten in the past Laughing once said meat is curried that's it. Thumbs Up Defender TD5 90 ---/--- Peugeot 306 HDI hatch back

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AMBxx



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We've had Red Kites here for the last 5 years or so. Our Guinea fowl make a racket whenever they're around, but the local Crow population has dropped nicely. Used to get 10 to 20 crows all over the chicken feed at this time of year. Now rare to see more than 1 or 2. The kites don't kill the crows, just harass them, and presumably pinch some eggs.
Never get bored of them, wonderful birds.

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LR90XS2011



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have them in my garden quite a lot taking garden birds off the feeder, collard doves and pigeons off the lawn, they seem to like eating brains!! DEFENDER 90 TDCI XS,

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blackwolf



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I have family in the Chilterns, where the Red Kite has made a fantastic come-back and there is now a significant population. They are very impressive, but are predominantly carrion feeders (i.e., they eat dead things) since they have relatively weak legs. Small mammals and birds will get taken if carrion isn't available.

The Red Kite is slowly spreading and I have recently seen them within 3 miles of Blandford, Dorset, which I find encouraging. They are simply magnificent, and very distinctive with the forked tail and colouration. Unfortunately their predilection for carrion does make they vulnerable to illegal trapping and poisoning, which is what lead to the extirpation of the UK population last time round.

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We live at the foot of the hill that the red kites were released on ( Wormsley Estate ) and they soar over our garden every day they really are a beautiful bird, I have heard recently that there is a Sea Eagle cohabitating with the red kites apparently one of the ones that were released on the Isle of Wight I’ve not seen it myself however someone is believed to of seen it on a Deer carcass up Watlington Hill Thumbs Up cheers Paul

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andydef90



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I have noticed that there is a lot of wildlife about sparrow hawks kites and buzzards kestrels . we have a pair of foxes loads of hedgehogs . last week a deer first iv seen here and a badger set in the local glass works .
for now its keeping me going due to problems out of my control life is not good

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Badger110



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Wildlife is much bolder at these times of year due to needing to feed young ones

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CharlieDonuts



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I live in the cloister of Chartres cathedral and we have two peregrine falcons nesting on one of the spires. They are a joy to watch.

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