bird eating bird April 2009

Yes, I saw, or rather, heard a whoosh and a crash as ‘something’ landed in the small apple tree near some tall, mature trees; to see.

then two or three small squeaks then nothing. Then I remembered what I actually saw, which was the pleated fan of feathers of the tail of the bird (the sparrowhawk).

The sqeaks were probably from the prey, a blackbird. It’s cruel, but nature has no conscience. 

There’s no MacDonalds out there for the hungry! It’s the survival of the fittest! A brilliant display of feathers and an event which not everyone is priviledged


The above is a vivid description and I’d like to say thanks for sending this description of nature at work.

2 thoughts on “bird eating bird April 2009

  1. JoanZ.

    While on a recent trip to Disney (Hollywood Studios) my 10 year old daughter and I were enjoying watching a sparrow feed its cute baby. However, a blackbird came down, attacked the baby and killed it right in front of us. I told my daughter to look away, but it was too late. She was in tears and extremely upset for the rest of the evening!

  2. Trish Post author

    I’m not surprised your daughter was upset, what a horrible thing for her to see.
    I should think the blackbird would be, what we call in England, a crow or a rook.

    It would just see the young sparrow as an easy meal. We can’t understand this can we? I was once told it is the way of nature. In the wild things feed off other each other.

    Thanks for shareing this with us. It is amazing that this happened at Disney (Hollywood Studios). When I saw a bird eating a bird I was in the middle of the countryside with no one about at all.

    I suppose as long as there are birds of prey we will always get this, but it is horrible to see.

    I also saw a sparrowhawk with it’s talons around a blackbird. Horrible and Amazing. Trisha

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