Sparrowhawk strikes Jackdaw

Today I got to witness a powerful yet natural incident when a Sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus) hunted down a Jackdaw (Coloeus monedula).

I was sitting in my kitchen and all off a sudden I hear the birds outside getting real upset. Looking out the window I could see a male Sparrowhawk just hit a big Jackdaw. Both the fellow Jackdaws and the fellow Magpies (Pica pica) tried to scare the raptor off to help their friend. But after a couple of minutes the Jackdaw was dead and the Sparrowhawk flew of with his prey. Impressive to see a small Sparrowhawk taking on such a big Jackdaw as it's more common for the Sparrowhawk to catch smaller birds.

The Sparrowhawk usually leave Sweden for warmer countries during Winter, to be back in March-April to lay their eggs around May-June. Today there is about 15 000 - 20 000 nesting Sparrowhawk couples in Sweden. This hawk together with his partner is probably preparing for laying their eggs in the nest.

Below you can see my footage. I grabbed my phone to record the event and all is happening in real time. Sensitive viewers be warned; contains graphic but natural footage.

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