Tag Archives: sparrowhawk

‘Bad’ buzzards and sparrowhawks

I read the following letter in the local paper the other day.  It was in response to an article by wildlife writer Jim Crumley on the lack of legal protection for the wild beaver population in Tayside. The first half … Continue reading

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The onward march of the sparrows and a bad cat day

Our garden is suddenly alive with house sparrows. We have lived here since 1993 and never had sparrows, but since an old farm steading a quarter of a mile away was knocked down there has been a real difference in … Continue reading

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Death in the afternoon

An incident today reminded me that I have not blogged about the garden birds for a while. Some of the family were staying with us over the weekend and yesterday afternoon, in a rare spell of sunshine, we sat out … Continue reading

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The widow blackbird

A pair of blackbirds in my garden is on their third brood this year. The first nest was in a clematis-covered pergola. This brood fledged successfully but all disappeared within a couple of days. Cats, I suspect, were the culprits. … Continue reading

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Death in the garden

I watched a woodpigeon in the wood yesterday morning. It was walking up and down a path I have through the wood, bounded by a netting fence to keep my ducks inside the wood. It was reminiscent of a pheasant, … Continue reading

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Woodpecker- 1 : Sparrowhawk – 0

  I was doing some computer work at home today and looking out the office window.  A male great-spotted woodpecker was resting near to the peanut feeder on a larch tree in the wood. At least I think it was … Continue reading

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Reduce buzzards by 80% and feed sparrowhawks turnips

A VERY SHORT CHAPTER FROM WILDLIFE DETECTIVE A radio chat show prompts a discussion about the emotive issue of winged predators and why people should learn to live in peace with them if not love them. Birds of prey are … Continue reading

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