Sparrowhawk (and starling!)

Laura writes: The one that got away… Loud thud on window, and lots of squawking from outside. Sparrowhawk had swooped in and grabbed a Starling and now had it pinned it down on patio. I immediately opened the door and ventured out; Sparrowhawk had moved down the path with a very distraught and loud starling in its clutches. Sparrowhawk watching me, and I’m watching her. Starling squawking loudly for its life. Took a quick pic. Sparrowhawk lets go and retreats to wall at end of the garden momentarily, then off and away. Starling, no doubt very startled escapes safely too, launching itself up with its lucky chance of freedom, flying in the other direction.

Sparrowhawk will join us again in the garden soon no doubt.

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    In this blog we'll describe the day to day comings and goings of the birds in our Devon garden.
  • About us

    Tony is a naturalist and environmental artist. Laura is a free range creative web and print designer. We've recently moved from the village of Ipplepen to the town of Newton Abbot with our two children Ralph and Oli, our dog Henry, and numerous cats (none of whom would ever dream of eating birds).
  • Species List

    List of species, including only those birds that land in the garden:
    Blackbird
    Blackcap
    Blue tit
    Brambling
    Bullfinch
    Carrion Crow
    Chaffinch
    Chiff chaff
    Coal tit
    Collared dove
    Dunnock
    Fieldfare
    Goldcrest
    Goldfinch
    Great spotted woodpecker
    Great tit
    Greenfinch
    House Sparrow
    Jay
    Long tailed tit
    Magpie
    Mistle thrush
    Nuthatch
    Pied wagtail
    Redwing
    Robin
    Siskin
    Song thrush
    Sparrowhawk
    Starling
    Wood pigeon
    Wren

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