I was in the garden trying to catch some of our chickens that had got lose and I saw a strange little bird. At first I thought it was a wren but the tail was to long and it was slightly bigger so I googled it and it turned out to be a garden warbler! So I sat under one of our apple trees looking at them through my binoculars. Then I heard a noise it sounded a bit like a whistle and it was a kestrel! It rocketed over my head missing it by about 10cm and locked it talons around a baby blackbird. There was a bit of a struggle then it took off. Everything was shrieking in alarm, and I was just sat there thinking wow! And just think I only went outside to catch the chickens...Plus I have found a nest box with nesting materials and a pair of garden warblers flying around it and perching on the entrance, do they nest in this country/ use nest boxes?Thanks
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The "kestrel" behaviour sounds a bit more like a Sparrowhawk,they are more likely to turn up in your garden and catch garden birds.Garden Warblers do nest in the UK but not usually in gardens,or at least not in our area. so you are lucky.
By the way you posted this in the book club section so it may get overlooked.
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Oh not very used to the site yet, so I just guessed...At least I will know for next time.
Oh by the way Catnip,welcome to the forum,plenty going on on here most times.
Welcome to the forum Catnip as Seaman says it was probably a Sparrowhawk, most of us that feed the birds will at some point get one in the garden.
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Welcome Catnip, and thanks for sharing your trip to feed the Chickens. I've never seen a Garden Warbler, but plenty of Sparrowhawks and Kestrels. I nearly overlooked your thread but the title somehow said it should probably be on Tea Rooms.
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