Monday, November 29, 2010

A couple of interesting records today.
While baiting the feeding areas before a 4-hour hide session, I saw not one but two sparrowhawks, whip round the blackthorn thicket. They were separated by a couple of metres and did not appear to be chasing each other. They then both settled in an ash tree a few metres apart. After a couple of minutes, one took off into the woodland immediately followed by the other. Whether they were hunting together, I cannot say, I have certainly never seen sparrowhawks hunt together. However, they did not appear concerned by the presence of the other. In fact, hunting together could provide an advantage for the following bird who could opportune on the chaos created by the attack of the first bird. Interesting though.
Very strangely, I also heard a curlew calling overhead!

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