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!
I received the above comment and thought I would share it with you.
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 sharing 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
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.
Some days I see crows and blackbirds together in my garden. There are also rooks. There are more rooks than crows.
The crows don’t seem to take any notice of the blackbirds. Neither do the rooks.
The blackbirds don’t seem frightened of the crows.
The blackbirds, rooks and crows land on the grass together. If something frightens them, they fly off together.
Yet, and this is the strange thing, I have seen a crow eating a blackbird.
I have also had a lady write to me saying she saw a crow catch a live blackbird to eat.
Does anyone else have crows / rooks / blackbirds together in their garden or in a park nearby, or in a town centre.
Has anyone else seen a crow or rook eating a blackbird?