Posted: 07/03/2015 at 16:59
I've been busy shredding all the hedge branches I cut yesterday - had the fright of my life though, "my" blackbird and a robin were perched within 2ft of me in a narrow space by the side of 6ft hedge when a sparrow hawk swooped down on the blackbird and tried to carry him off. It wasn't a bit frightened of me and although I grabbed a broom and screamed at him, and chased it round the garden, it just did not want to let go of the blackbird who was screeching its head off. Eventually I cornered them both down by the garage but had to actually jab the hawk with the broom before he dropped the blackbird and flew off. I think the blackbird survived, it hopped into another hedge and had disappeared when I went back to check a few hours later. Haven't seen it today however.
First time I've seen a sparrowhawk that close!