What is it? Twitcher required

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  1. philw111

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    This bird appeared in our garden this afternoon, along with it's snack:Eeek:. Anyone any idea of the breed? Our best guess is a Merlin but we are not experts by any means.
     

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    IT'S A BIRD...

    A raptor to be more precise.....and it could be a young peregrine?
     
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    And stop being so nasty about my affliction....:Rofl1::Rofl1::Rofl1:
     
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    Sparrow hawk and a young one

    Doug...
     
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    Lovely Birds, Sparrow Hawks - they keep the pigeon population to a reasonable minimum!

    Dick
     
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    What is it?

    Far too big for a Merlin. We reckon a female sparrowhawk. Looking a bit tatty because its moulting.
     
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    Female sparrowhawk...................please can you send her down here to clear some of our wood pidgeons:Rofl1:
     
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    Too late - she's gone

    And she didn't even clear up the remains of her meal:Angry:

    If I add a picture of what's left, do you think any of you could identify what it originally was:BigGrin:
     
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    Pigeon.

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    Is that all they eat, cos it doesn't look like pigeon feathers - they are darker
     
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    Pigeons come in all colours, but to me the colours is about the same as the hawk and the size is about right.

    Doug..
     
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    Definitely a sparrowhawk - and probably a pigeon as it's prey.

    When I lived in Scotland a sparrowhawk would often pick off feral pigeons on the farm - they're slow at taking off so make easy targets and provide a pretty substantial meal. :Smile:
     
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