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not something ya see everyday,,, sorry no pictures..

Discussion in 'General chit chat' started by nick2303, Mar 31, 2014.

  1. nick2303

    nick2303 Engaging Member

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    I was sat at a set of traffic lights on the A62 under Junc 27 of the M62 at Leeds..

    I was at the front of the queue minding my own business when one of the many pigeons that live under the bridge swoops down infront of my car, followed by the biggest bird of prey i've ever seen.. No idea what it was..

    They dodged around the cars sat at the lights until the pigeon tried to bank to the left and climb.. The bird of prey hit it in a flurry of feathers and landed at the side of the road with pigeon in hand...

    The lights changed and i had to move on...


    I've never seen a bird of prey in a built up area... It was more interested in the pigeon than the traiffic.. Never seen anything like that before..


    I seen kestrels hovering along side motorways, but flying in amongst the traffic... it was very cool...
     
  2. Honest Bob

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    This may answer your question. http://www.theguardian.com/uk/the-n...-harewood-redkiteproject-birds-reintroduction
     
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    Thanks for that...

    Very interesting..

    Didnt notice the white flashes under the wings but it was the right size...
     
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    Not sure a kite would take a pigeon , prob a sparrow hawk . Love watching them chase the woodies :D
     
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    You may be spot on with that. Have just looked up info on Red Kites, and they are mainly scavengers. Atb, Bob
     
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    Got Peregrines nesting in the Town hall In Rochdale and get to see them taking pidgeons regular.They keep the piddy numbers nicely down :D.Could it have been a Peregrine you saw?
     
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    hmmm....

    I dont kno much bout birds of prey...

    but been googlin..

    peregrin... looks to have a speckled back... was plain brown..

    sparrow hawk,, looks quite small.. this one was bigger than the pigeon..

    red kite.... look very red from pictures... looked a darker brown...

    what other options could there be?
     
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    Goshawk?
     
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    Don't think a gos would take a pidge
     
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    Will be a kite mate there's not a day gone past in 12 months I've not seen one in or around Leeds !
     
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    Habitat and Distribution
    Prefers forests and open woodlands with open areas and rides – can be seen in these areas if close to farmland where pigeons are common.

    Regards Stu
     
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    Red Kites are mainly carrion eaters but will tale small mammals (voles etc) The falcon that you saw was most likely a Peregrine, they are in nearly every city in the UK now and are masters at taking pigeons ( which are too big for the Red Kite) great to see though,, atb Paul.
     
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    If it looked like a Gos it was more than likely a Sparrowhawk.
     
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    I had what i think was a goshawk alight on my bird table, in the centre of this pleasant seaside town one evening. Marvelous sight!
     
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    The Red Kite eats carrion almost exclusively, I can't imagine one taking a pigeon on the wing. They do look red and their forked tail is very distinctive and seem to spend most of their time circling around looking for something dead. Sparrow hawks seem to like pigeons but there are plenty of different birds of prey about including some which have escaped from captivity, it's always a treat to see them in action.
     
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    the biggest give away with a red kite is its forked tail its like a ......yes you guessed a kite lol.

    they were reintroduced up my way sucsesfully and i often see them.

    there big birds and i dont see them struggling to kill a pidge???

    gaz
     
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    red kites have been ronnd oxford for many yrs now . it was the first place they were let into the wild.they only ever eat carrion and never kill. it definately would not chase a pigeon they would never get near it to slow
     
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    If it was Buzzard size Mick it's too big for a Spar.
     
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    Didn't see where someone said Buzzard size Stu?? When that Spar is up close it's a lot bigger than a pigeon making it appear larger than it really is.

    Gos taking game in a city just doesn't make sense Stu even if a lost bird; it's just not their nature.
     

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