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Sparrow hawk feasts on pigeon infront of startled Friargate shoppers

Posted on - 30th October, 2014 - 9:00am | Author - | Posted in - Friargate, Observations, University

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Afternoon commuters on Friargate got their own personal Autumnwatch as a bird of prey feasted on a pigeon.

A Sparrowhawk swooped down by Richer Sounds and feasted on its prey.

Andrew Lawless was sitting in his car nearby on Wednesday and snapped the bird.

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He said: “On taking a double look I was surprised to see a bird of prey quite happily tucking into a freshly caught pigeon.

“Unfortunately due to a lot of bewildered passes by the bird flew off to the front of the building opposite, no doubt waiting till it quietened down. What a sight!”

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Peregrine falcons are known to be hunting in the city, using the spire of St Walburge’s church as their base.

Did you see the peregrine falcon? Let us know in the comments below

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