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Sparrowhawk family in the grounds of the Hurlingham Club

 
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ornithopod



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PostPosted: Sun Aug 08, 2010 10:12 pm    Post subject: Sparrowhawk family in the grounds of the Hurlingham Club Reply with quote

For much of the last week I have been playing in a croquet tournament held by the Hurlingham Club in their grounds near Putney Bridge. When playing on a court at one end of the grounds near a wooded area, I kept hearing the mewing of a juvenile sparrowhawk.

Eventually, I noticed two juveniles and a parent, presumably the female, circling above the trees.

Today was the last day of the tournament and again I was playing on the same court. This time I not only saw the juveniles but watched as the parent was chased by them while she was carrying something. Suddenly, she dropped it and both juveniles attempted to catch it. However, they both failed and it fell to the ground some 25 yards from our court.

We left it for some minutes before going over to have a look at what was a very dead juvenile pigeon!

This is the first time I have seen anything like this and can only presume that the parent was trying to teach its chicks how to catch prey on the wing. I hope they improve!

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Posey



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PostPosted: Wed Nov 17, 2010 6:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lovely story. I've only seen blue tit parents trying to coach chicks out of the box with food, then flying off with it.
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