Sparrowhawk rescue 01
Forest of Dean, UK.
In July 2010 I came
across a very young Sparrowhawk on a woodland path
in the Forest of Dean,
obviously having fell from the nest. I tried to locate
the nest but couldn't and was in a dilemma whether or
not to leave the youngster alone and hope the adult was
aware of it and fed it, or take it to my friend Vincent
Jones at my local bird of prey rehabilitation centre.
Just as I decided to leave the youngster to its fate in
a dense and seemingly unvisited stand of conifer, a
dogwalker with 3 Jack Russells came along.
Fate delt its hand and I took it to Vince.
Sadly the youngster
died soon after. But I was intrigued to find where it
came from. The next day I did, only to discover
its 2 siblings had fledged and were looking strong and
very much bigger. Had the unfortunate youngster
been the runt of the litter and dispatched out of the
nest by the adult or a sibling? Vince
thought it had digestive issues, and may explain its
lack of growth, but I doubt I will ever know for sure.
This is a very common and rather distressing side of
life in the wild, but I am still happy to know that at
least some youngsters made it. I will be
hoping to photograph the adults soon, as they are known
to stay in an area and maybe even use the same nest
again next year....
went back the next year to discover that the Forestry
Commission had felled the tree and destroyed the nest with the birds
course I complained to them, but I got the usual
nonsense excuses such as blaming it on the contractors.
disgusting act is not uncommon here due mainly to
wildlife being secondary to profiting from wood sales.
Sparrowhawk rescue 02
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