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I've just seen something quite amazing - I'm still shaking a bit! I was in our barn when I heard the most horrendous squawking and squealing. I ran outside to see (what I thought was) a
This was most likely a hawk or what would be called a northern goshawk in the US

http://www.vogelwarte.ch/home.php?la...ArtNummer=1110

They were heavily hunted because they are known to go for chicken.
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Old 22.02.2008, 21:15
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Re: Bird watching

One of these?

This one and about ten more were following a grain harvester to snap up mice exposed in the stubble up on Belpberg. They look fierce and move so fast, they're hard to photograph.
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t did look something like this honey buzzard I haven't found out yet weather they will attack chickens though
Honey buzzards go for large insects usually so since currently there are no large insects flying around here they prefer Africa until may.

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Old 22.02.2008, 21:23
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What a hawk is

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hawk

What a buzzard is

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buzzard


I'm sure that cleared things up
Um... no. Too complicated for my little brain.... I'd say "for my bird brain" but I wouldn't want to insult the birds!!
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Old 22.02.2008, 23:27
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One of these?

This one and about ten more were following a grain harvester to snap up mice exposed in the stubble up on Belpberg. They look fierce and move so fast, they're hard to photograph.
Black Kite, Milvus migrans, common in Summer, especially following farm machinery where slower-moving critters get mashed up and these fellers pick up the bits. They're mostly scavengers, not hunters.
Better photo than mine:
http://www.tonykeenebirds.co.uk/sbirds/blackkite.html

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Old 22.02.2008, 23:33
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Um... no. Too complicated for my little brain.... I'd say "for my bird brain" but I wouldn't want to insult the birds!!
It gets confusing when you let the US in on birds.
We have the Wood warbler, Phylloscopus sibilatrix, but to them, Wood Warblers are a whole family of birds that are closely related to our buntings. In addition, 'Sparrow' covers many finch, sparrow and bunting species.

However, seeing as American spellings and conventions seem to be holding sway in most fields of science (sulfur and hematite, anyone?), it'll be a matter of time before they ask us to rename our birds so they don't get confused.
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Re: Bird watching

Two new breeds for you, discovered on Thunersee:

- X-Winged Trumpeter Swan

and a

- Simple Tandem Swan.

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Re: Bird watching

Nah, ticked one last week.

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Old 23.02.2008, 10:13
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...nice.

Some flash projector you've got there...
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Old 23.02.2008, 10:36
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...nice.

Some flash projector you've got there...
Ha ha!
I see you've been round Dählhölzli, too...
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Old 23.02.2008, 10:50
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Re: Bird watching

...birds, yum-yum...
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Re: Bird watching

The attacker did look a lot like this honey Buzzard, at least the under-wing markings were pretty much the same.



But we do get quite a few of these around here (the one on the left) I took this last year before I got my super-duper telefoto! Is this a common Buzzard and would it attack a chicken?



Mrs Tweedy is not doing very well BTW. She has a nasty wound on the back of her neck. I think I need a large whisky before I have to go and do the decent thing
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Re: Bird watching

As mentioned above, a Goshawk might be responsible. They're about the same size as a buzzard, but a lot meaner.
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As mentioned above, a Goshawk might be responsible. They're about the same size as a buzzard, but a lot meaner.
The photos and descriptions I've just seen about Goshawks all show pale grey underneath, mine was mostly shades of brown. One thing i didn't mention before, as it was flying away it was being chased and harassed by 3 large crows. Why wouldn't it attack them and leave my poor chooks alone
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Old 23.02.2008, 11:21
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Re: Bird watching

Corvids always mob raptors. Even Crows will take on Buzzards and Hawks. I've only heard a few occasions where the rator has a go back. someone was watching a Golden Eagle being mobbed by Ravens. After a few mintues, the easgle turned round and cleanly snapped the head off of a Raven with its beak.
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Old 23.02.2008, 11:35
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Re: Bird watching

I believe the ravens are very territorial and will chase off anything that doesn't suit them. Fritz and Frieda, the couple that live near me chase off hawks, cats and other ravens, only the elsters laugh at them and stay out of reach. It appears mostly to be a bluff, but I saw Fritz whack a hawk once, so hard feathers flew. That hawk turned on the afterburners, but Fritz drove him out of sight.

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The photos and descriptions I've just seen about Goshawks all show pale grey underneath, mine was mostly shades of brown.
You can't go by color as juveniles are brownish

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So what's this fellow?
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BIG. That fellow is big and scary
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Re: Bird watching

BIG?

...there were about ten of them wheeling around, swooping down to grab mice.
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