Hi stonedodger, I am new to the site too.
On May 9th between 18.30 and 19.15 a blue-tit was taken from my balcony in central Newcastle under Lyme. This happened within 0.5m and at eye-level, it was such a spectacular and precise assault (which upset us a great deal although we know the rationale) that since then I have wondered if the spectacular bird which ripped bt's head off on the balcony rail, may have been a peregrine. He was amazingly beautiful. As a result 7 bt chicks died and we don't feed on the balcony anymore but we are left wondering!
There were definitely Peregrines in Newcastle-u-Lyme in 2010 www.rspb.org.uk/.../264287 That's the latest reference I have found
Thank you, I have sent a response to the local group.
hi castle lady, did you see the hawk or manage to get any pictures? we have a sparrowhawk that patrols our garden, and it is a lethal hunter and is so agile a quick, wonder if that may be the culprit?? regards. roger
Almost certainly a Sparrowhawk. Peregrines take much larger prey species. You really shouldn't be upset.
For future reference Hawks and Falcons are quite different. As a generaly rule Hawks (genus Accipiter) will have broad wings and falcons (genus Falco) longer slender ones in relation to body size. Hawks will have a yello eye and falcons dark.
There's probably Peregrines in every major city in the UK now with suitable nesting sites. They're adapting remarkably to city life and it's great to see after years of persecution.
Thank you, that is helpful. He had yellow eyes and took a second to settle his wings. It's description of size that I struggle with.
No pics.i was observing my first ever occupant of our nesting box collect food from our balcony in a quiet side street. I was. INCHES away and BT flew towards me before being seized. The captor then perched 3feet away to kill.
HI STAFFS WATCHERS, SPENT MOST OY YESTERDAY LOPPING TREES IN MY BACK GARDEN AND HAPPENED TO LOOK UP AND BRILL, THINK THE PEREGRINE AGAIN? ANCHOR SHAPED AND ROVING VERY HIGH. WATCHED IT HOPING FOR A STOOP BUT LOST SIGHT AS IT WENT MUCH FURTHER AWAY FROM MY VIEWPOINT.
Nice that it is still around,always a joy to see.
By the way Stonedodger using all upper case letters is seen by some as shouting,maybe you were with excitement
Sorry just being lazy......think its goes back to my school days and doing Technical Drawing up to A-level where printing in capital letters was a must!!! Anyway another first for us in our back garden, a pair of Bullfinches on our sunflower seed feeder. I know they are not rare but do hope they nest nearby as we get lots of Greenfinches, Chaffinches and Goldfinches and they are all great to see. The Sparrowhawk is always around as we have several feeders that are occupied with its next meal !! In fact we managed to get two photos recently of it but i dont know how to put them on this site as im not brill with computers and attaching things.
Many thanks mate, i think it has worked. The first pic is a little blurred as the camera was on auto and focusrd on the vegetation in front of the Sparrowhawk who had caught his meal and was eating in on the ground. After finishing his prey he flew into the tree for a moment and then we got the cleare second picture. Thanks Alan. regards, Roger.