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Old 21-01-2011, 06:01 PM
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Having my morning coffee today in the back room when I heard the THUD of something hitting the decking outside, I looked out of the window to see a Sparrowhawk tottering about on the lawn obviously a bit stunned.

I think it must have swooped on something and missed, overshot and hit the deck, and bounced off onto the grass. After a few minutes it pulled itself together and flew off into the trees at the back.

Although I knew they were around this is the first time I've seen one in my own garden, a couple of years ago I was watching TV when out of the window I saw a pigeon appear to explode in mid-air over my neighbour's garden! When I looked out I saw on their lawn a Sparrowhawk tearing lumps out of the now dead pigeon, while feathers were still floating down from the strike.
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Old 21-01-2011, 06:04 PM
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why is it you never have a camera handy when stuff like this happens.

Must have been cool to see and glad the Hawk was well enough to fly off.

btw, the you above doesn't mean Graham,
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Old 21-01-2011, 06:14 PM
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I was annoyed about not having my camera handy, but I didn't want to go and get it as I had no idea how long the bird would stick around, and didn't want to miss the rare opportunity to see one at such close quarters, it was only about 10 feet away from me.
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