Sunday 25 March 2007
gross but true
According to The Edinburgh Evening Paper... from February 2007
A SPARROWHAWK clutches a pigeon in the Grassmarket in the latest of a series of attacks in the Capital.
The bird of prey is usually found in woodlands but has recently been seen venturing into the city. At Christmas, a number of pigeons on the Royal Mile were killed by sparrowhawks.
RSPB head of species Duncan Orr Ewing said he thought they were nesting in nearby Holyrood Park.
"The Royal Mile is perfect for hunting because there is plenty of cover and lots of birds. They won't go hungry there. A large female will easily take a pigeon.
"They'll fly low along the buildings for cover then appear round the corner and surprise their prey, catching them in mid-air.
"They will eat their prey where they kill it."
There is thought to be a population of about 30 pairs of sparrowhawks in Edinburgh.
And one of them came into our world.