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Old Tuesday 3rd October 2017, 16:05   #1
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I've not uploaded a Sparrowhawk pic for a while, so...

...rather than revive an old thread, I thought that I'd start a new one. Although I'm unsure if it's worth a whole thread.

This is from this afternoon. If it's "Fred" (been visiting for over six years and prefers Mice to Birds), I'll add more pics when he returns. If it's not Fred, this will probably be a very short thread, as this male might never return

Many don't even know that wild Sparrowhawks hunt and eat House Mice, let alone see it - so here's a pic from this afternoon.

*(Through double glazing that had the reflection of the net curtain on it, so a bit grainy if you look closely.)
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Thanks for showing,been into wildlife for all my life, one way or another,never knew this,and capturing this image magic well done.PS. I have seen Kestrels take small birds,were some people think they just hover and catch mice and voles.

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I too always thought Sprawks were strictly for the birds. Having said that one did scare the living Cr*p out of my daughters pet dwarf rabbit that was having a stroll on the lawn once when it swooped over the garden. It wasn't directly attacking the rabbit, more interested in the bird feeding station, but rabbit didn't know that and must have broken the all time speed limit over 5 metres in its dash back through the patio doors to the safety of the kitchen.
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Thanks for showing,been into wildlife for all my life, one way or another,never knew this,and capturing this image magic well done.PS. I have seen Kestrels take small birds,were some people think they just hover and catch mice and voles.
I had a Kestrel visit my garden a few years ago (none since), Chris - it took a Sparrow. The thing that amazes me the most with Kestrels is seeing them perched 40m up a Pylon and swoop down to take a large Earthworm... how they even see them is unbelievable.

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I too always thought Sprawks were strictly for the birds. Having said that one did scare the living Cr*p out of my daughters pet dwarf rabbit that was having a stroll on the lawn once when it swooped over the garden. It wasn't directly attacking the rabbit, more interested in the bird feeding station, but rabbit didn't know that and must have broken the all time speed limit over 5 metres in its dash back through the patio doors to the safety of the kitchen.
If the Rabbit is small enough, Paul, and the Sparrowhawk is a large female (even a male if the Rabbit is tiny), the Rabbit isn't safe. Sparrowhawks take whatever they can pin down long enough to eat, and juveniles try different prey size/type as they learn what's best. It's about risk and reward and how much energy they expend on each attempt at a meal.
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