"To see a world in a grain of sand,
And a heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand
And eternity in an hour."

From "Auguries of Innocence"

by William Blake

Saturday, 21 August 2010

Sparrowhawk Attack

I was engaged in the mind numbing and boring task of cleaning the cooker this morning when I glanced out of the kitchen window to see a female sparrowhawk stealthily and speedily approaching the bird feeders from the top of the garden. As she reached the feeding station she almost seemed to hover for a second as her outstretched feet and claws made contact with an empty space where milliseconds earlier a bird had been feeding. She made a circuit of the feeders and then perched on the roof of next door's extension surveying the scene of her near miss. It all happened so quickly I am not sure what species had such a narrow escape. It was amusing to see a wood pigeon, rather stupidly I thought, still feeding on the grass under the feeders.

A magical moment which illustrates one of the things I love about birds, or any other aspect of natural history, whatever you are doing or wherever you are, something exciting or unusual can suddenly occur.


Pete said...

its amazing to watch wildlife even in 'mundane' moments

Tricia said...

I think being able to watch wildlife from your own garden is an essential way of life! Never more so than as a distraction from "cleaning the cooker" you're a brave lady ;)(makes note to self - put it further down the "to do" list!)

Ragged Robin said...

Pete - yes, you are right. Any encounter is special.

Tricia - LOL. Glad I am not the only one to loathe housework!