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Mo



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PostPosted: Mon Jan 25, 2016 9:58 am    Post subject: Sparrowhawk  Reply with quote

We can only figure that this guy dropped his kill in our smaller chicken pen.

He was having trouble getting airborne with his kill in the small enclosure.
Eventually he left the kill and went to perch nearby.

We kindly retrieved the kill and put it in the pig pen for him to collect.

Only one of the hens retreated into the chicken hut; the others were unperturbed by his presence. The 2 cockerels, however, were doing their nut - which is what alerted us in the first place.

We generally get buzzards round here and have not noticed any sparrowhawks, but since this we have seen quite a few. One perches on the very top of our tallest fir tree.



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PostPosted: Mon Jan 25, 2016 12:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great photo, what kind of bird did he kill?
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 25, 2016 12:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Once again Mo, a fantastic image.

I know they have to live, but the sparrowhawk is a wicked bird.

We have more buzzards than sparrowhawks, but to stop them taking as many as they would have, over the last 10 or so years I have planted many blackthorn in the garden.

Their use is 3 fold, 1. they give protection to the small garden birds, 2. they look fantastic when in flower 3. the birds love their berries in the fall.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 25, 2016 1:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

adirondack-jim wrote:
Great photo, what kind of bird did he kill?


It was a blackbird, which is sad but hey ho...
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 25, 2016 1:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Border wrote:
Once again Mo, a fantastic image.

I know they have to live, but the sparrowhawk is a wicked bird.

We have more buzzards than sparrowhawks, but to stop them taking as many as they would have, over the last 10 or so years I have planted many blackthorn in the garden.

Their use is 3 fold, 1. they give protection to the small garden birds, 2. they look fantastic when in flower 3. the birds love their berries in the fall.


And the blackthorn gives you sloes  
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 25, 2016 1:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, I forgot about the sloes ......don't know how but I did. 4. good reasons to plant blackthorn  

I made 9 litres of sloe gin and rum last year.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 08, 2017 10:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Given the current situation I thought I'd 'boost' this.

Just about year ago, an 'absolutely furious' bird in with our flock.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 08, 2017 2:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

For the last month or so we've had a male SH taking our goldfinches virtually everyday A beautifully coloured little bird but IMO, a horrible little bastard ! I wish there was something I could legally do about it.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 08, 2017 5:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mo wrote:
Given the current situation I thought I'd 'boost' this.




That is quite a strong and valid point you are making there Mo, especially pertinent under the current restrictions in force today: Two uninvited wild avian interlopers in an uncovered chicken run, albeit one dead and the other preparing to feed upon it.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 09, 2017 1:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Indeed.

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