We had a visit last year from a sparrowhawk it landed on a bird in the garden under the pear tree, killed it, plucked it and flew away with the body.
Last sunday morning went out with some bread for the birds as I always do and saw a pile of black feathers.
I went to look and there was a yellow beak.
I knew it was one of the blackbirds who live in our garden.
We are visited by many other birds inc finches, nuthatches, tits, robins, rooks, starlings to name a few as we have seed hangers out for them their favorite being sunflower hearts.
The garden has been very quiet this week and I have not seen my little blackbird friend who was going grey. He would follow me after I had been digging up weeds looking for worms and would be quite happy to be in the garden with me.
I will keep looking out for him with hope but…
Mo, thank you for telling us about this. It is true we do get attached to garden birds and they do hop around after us. I think we just take this for granted, but really it is a wonderfull connection between wildlife and us.
You’ll miss your blackbird friend, and it makes things worse that the other birds are staying away because of this Sparrowhawk. So as well as killing garden birds sparrowhawks are keeping them away from a reliable source of bird food – which they need, especially at this time of year