Spar­rowhawk feed­ing

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I was pleased to read Peter Adams’ in­ter­est­ing con­tri­bu­tion in the Au­gust edi­tion of Bird Watch­ing on the sub­ject of Spar­rowhawk feed­ing. It re­minded me of a fas­ci­nat­ing sight years ago when I found my­self within a few yards of a young Spar­rowhawk at­tack­ing and pluck­ing a do­mes­tic pi­geon in the gut­ter of a busy town cen­tre street. The pi­geon how­ever man­aged to fly across the street; the Spar­rowhawk sought to fol­low, but the traf­fic caused it to land on the road, and it briefly alighted on a van wait­ing at traf­fic lights. Later it re­sumed its at­tack on the pi­geon in a door­way, un­til the pi­geon ap­peared dead. The Spar­rowhawk pecked at it vo­ra­ciously, swing­ing it in the air at times. It was as­ton­ish­ing that the Spar­rowhawk seemed so obliv­i­ous to its sur­round­ings and many peo­ple nearby. It cer­tainly must have been hun­gry. Ralph Cole

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