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Stuff of nightmares?

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Strange and horrible things have been happening in this area today…..

First of all, this morning in the local paper….

http://www.thecourier.co.uk/News/Dundee/article/25806/dundee-man-distraught-after-bird-of-prey-rips-out-jack-russell-terrier-s-tongue.html

And as if that’s not bad enough….I had to take Molly to the vet today and on Thursday she has to have a GA and some tests done on her little bladder…poor little thing.

Yup, a Jack Russel Terrier!

So, as you can imagine, after reading that horrible story in the paper, I was feeling a bit anxious about Molly, especially as she is not well. Then, on arriving home, this was what I saw from the kitchen window….

The Sparrowhawk isn’t a wasteful bird. This is what it left for me to clear up…

Now, I’m not against the bird of prey, it has to eat…but if all that lot doesn’t combine in my dreams tonight and give me trouble, it will be a miracle!

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Oh dear what a day you've had, hope Mollys soon feeling better x

6 Nov, 2012

 

Very spookey Karen......hope Molly bucks up soon.x

6 Nov, 2012

 

Get well soon Molly ... xxx

6 Nov, 2012

 

sorry about all this Karen - although a stunning picture of the hawk, hope Molly gets better very soon x

6 Nov, 2012

 

Oh Karen I saw to in the paper awful .

Hope you dont have nightmare.

Get well Molly .

These birds fly low over our garden but never seen them land and have a feast.

6 Nov, 2012

 

A bit disturbing when "red in tooth and claw" is a description of the garden. I hope Molly is OK.

6 Nov, 2012

 

oh poor you, lots of worries for the pooch but I'm sure she'll be fine.
The sparrowhawk is a briliant bird. We have a female that regularly hunts around/through our garden and in the spring all the smaller birds clear up all the feathers for their nests. Waste not want not. Her fave food seems to be collared doves going by the remains left.

Sleep well.

6 Nov, 2012

 

We watched one in our garden as it swooped down one spring and took a green finch. It sat on our big archway and proceeded to eat it. That was quite upsetting to watch. I'm sure your little dog will be ok. I hope she gets better soon.

6 Nov, 2012

 

Seaburngirl...funny you should say that. As I left the house, I noticed two collared doves (regulars) playing mating games on the metal arch. I do hope it wasn't one of that pair.

Snoop...she does, she's been having trouble with her pee for a couple of weeks. Blood in it. She's had a week of strong anti-biotics and it's made no difference, so we have to have some scope test done next, and an x-ray I think. She's getting it done on Thursday.

Thanks everyone. The vet is quite sure it won't be anything sinister. :) You'd never know there was anything wrong with her but for the blood. She's as strong as an ox really!

6 Nov, 2012

 

What a dreadful story Karen, then poor Molly, my cat Teddy has been suffering with bladder probs too, but now is on the mend with Loxicom syrup from the vets.(he loves it!). Yesterday behind my garden bin was a collared dove, poor thing looked like it had been unzipped.....ugh!!

6 Nov, 2012

 

Ted had blood too Karen, and this seems to have done the trick.

6 Nov, 2012

 

Thanks Janey, I'm sure we'll get it sorted out soon :) Glad your Ted is better :)

6 Nov, 2012

 

Oh dear ...that is a horrible story. Did the poor little Jack Russell survive? When I lived in West Africa we had eagles & vultures overhead, & the eagles would look down at my cats (all rescued from dire circumstances), but they never swooped on them. However, when a kitten was rescued after being thrown into the sea, I noticed that the eagles were circling more closely than usual, so I always had to be out in the garden when the kitten wanted to romp about. I am very squeamish & cannot watch any living creature being hurt, so I hate to see hawks hovering over the fields as I drive along ...I live in the country. I try very hard not to think about the little rabbits & field mice those hawks are spotting. Makes me feel physically sick .....I'm a vegetarian lol. I know how worried you will be about Molly. My 13 week old golden retriever puppy was sick with a gastro upset last week & I was sure he must have had a bowel blockage from eating something that had got stuck. Was not worried about parvovirus as he has not been off our property .....until the vet told me parvovirus could live in the soil for up to 5 years & I knew the previous people to live in our house had a dog. Fortunately, it was just a gastro upset & he was ok after a couple of days on a special diet & antibiotics. I am sure Molly will come through her ordeal ok, but the thought of having that hawk in the garden after reading about that other incident, would be very disturbing.

6 Nov, 2012

 

It is like from Hitchcock story. Jack Russels are so friendly dogs, it must have been terrible suffering for him. I blame the owner of the bird. I would shoot them both - the bird and his owner. No pardon.

6 Nov, 2012

 

The story of the little dog is horrific, that could have been a baby in a pram, doesn`t bear thinking about, it sounds as though the poor dog hasn`t really a very good chance.
I know its not a good sight Karen when looking out into your garden, as you say the bird has a right to eat although we`d all rather it wasn`t in our own gardens, we get very protective towards our feathered friends, your pics are very good though..
Its worrying to have a pet ill, to take a much loved pet to the vet can prey on ones mind, even more so when waiting for results, I`m sure Molly will be ok, its a cute photo of her.....

6 Nov, 2012

 

I hope Molly will soon be up and at it with the best of them K....not a pretty sight to return to is it? nature!! hope you did not have nightmares?

6 Nov, 2012

 

How nasty. I often find piles of feathers - I think from pigeons, but I've only seen the sparrowhawk once. How amazing to get those photos!

I do hope little Molly recovers soon. xx

7 Nov, 2012

 

Thanks everybody. Update....only one Collared Dove in the garden today :( I did have some great weird dreams which woke me and I tried really hard to remember them, but they've gone. Should have written down, but I don't think it was anything to do with Hawks this time! :))

As for the JR Terrier in the Courier story, the owner has to decide whether or not to have his pet destroyed, as it won't be able to feed its self ever and may not even be able to drink. Its a really tough one. :( I must say, I wondered how hungry the bird was that it attacked a dog....or perhaps just a very aggressive Hawk. I have a friend who keeps Birds of Prey. He works on the land clearing vermin etc. with his birds for airport runways etc. They keep the smaller planes away from the planes. I'm really relieved that it wasn't one of his birds that did this.

7 Nov, 2012

 

Horrible, but fantastic pictures of a fierce looking Sparrow Hawk Karen. At least it was a good sized meal, and now the hunger has been sated, it will be safer and the predator will move on. We have had lots of visits from them....some successful....about 6 sparrows in one swoop once. 3 lots of feathers on the lawn this year. One was a starling. I hope little Molly gets over her infection soon. All very disturbing I have a EXTREMELY timid feral cat lodging in our garden and he has been very unwell recently. Today he is feeding and on the move, so I feel less troubled by his presence, but it can be very disturbing to be in a situation where you feel powerless to do anything to help or protect an animal.

7 Nov, 2012

 

That would give me nightmares too Karen. I saw Buzzards circling overhead most days this summer and was shocked when one took a Blackbird and even more surprised to see Seagulls and Crows chasing it out of the street. For a long time I blamed the neighbours cats for the piles of feathers on the lawn but lately a Sparrow Hawk has been perched on the bottom fence, I think he is more likely the culprit. I agree with Dorjac about the photos, horrible but such a handsome bird.
I hope Molly will be ok on Thursday xxx

7 Nov, 2012

 

How sad for little Ollie in your link, so pleased though Molly was nt out in the garden when this bird of prey came hope Molly gets better soon. Great shot of the bird of prey though.

7 Nov, 2012

 

Thanks everyone. Yes, I shall be keeping Molly in for a couple of days incase it returns, but I hope it has indeed had it's fill and moved on! :)

7 Nov, 2012

 

awfull about the doggy, wouldnt have though it could have done that, makes me cringe.
sparrowhawks are amazing birds though to see.
hope molly is soon better karen xx

7 Nov, 2012

 

stunning photos, just sad that the circumstances allowed you to take them. I hadn't heard the story, but was able to find it. Shocking, that poor dog and poor owner. Hope all's well with you and yours

7 Nov, 2012

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thats nature. I have seen the scenery several months ago.
The ''victim'' was a starling.

7 Nov, 2012

 

Hope Molly will be ok Karen, keep us updated won't you? Dreadful, dreadful story about the poor Jack Russell..Can't bear to think about it..Not a great start to your day my friend..

7 Nov, 2012

 

Thanks all. As you say, that's nature. Thanks Flori. She will have tests tomorrow and hopefully we will soon find out what the problem is, and get it fixed. You'd never know there is anything wrong with her though...she is just her usual terrier self..happy little dog, always excited to see any human being and looking for a cat to chase!

7 Nov, 2012

 

Lovely pictures of the sparrow hawk, Karen, well done.

7 Nov, 2012

 

Oh Karen what an awful day for you. I hope Molly is OK and not real harm done.
As for the Sparrow Hawk...that's nature I'm afraid, it can be very cruel. They are magnificent birds and I'd love to see one in it's natural habitat and not one of these 'Birds of Prey' shows, but I'm not so sure I'd like to see the sight which greeted you.
Fingers crossed for Molly today.

8 Nov, 2012

 

Thank you both. It was a challenge to get the photos through the window in the fast-fading light. I have to call the vet at 12.30 to see how she is doing....I'm sure all will be well. :)

8 Nov, 2012

 

I hope Molly is sorted out now with the right treatment. I never gave a thought to sparrow hawks when I have seen piles of feathers, like those you saw, on our top garden until you wrote this. I assumed they were soaring far too high up to imagine them coming into my garden.

8 Nov, 2012

 

Keep an eye out then HB, you might get to see one in 'action' ;)

8 Nov, 2012

 

I see in todays paper a report and photograph of a baby that had also been attacked by a bird of prey, this was a Harris Hawk which had been allowed to fly in a childrens playground, the child is ok but by the description of his injuries he is very lucky that he was not blinded....

9 Nov, 2012

 

OMGosh .... Reading through all these comments is like reading the script for a new horror movie ....possibly a remake of Hitchcock's Birds. Poor owner of that darling little JR. It's a dreadful decision to have to make. One wonders if that little JR would ever recover emotionally. I hope the owner makes the decision which is the right one for him & for his very traumatised pet. Oh dear ...it is all just too horrible.

9 Nov, 2012

 

I don't like hawks ...there I've said it ...I know it's their nature, but they kill so slowly bit by bit and their poor victim suffers for such a long time. I wouldn't harm one, but I don't even like their eyes:-( I did look at your link, such a lovely little dog, I hope the quality of his life is bearable. I'm going to check on Molly now. Great pics though Karen:-)

10 Nov, 2012

 

Thank you both. My OH was hearing from a colleague that on her parents' farm, the crows attack live lambs. I've heard of this happening before, and it is absolutely horrific.....especially what happened to that little baby. We are not used to predators in the UK are we? We would be more used to this kind of thing if we lived in Africa I guess.

12 Nov, 2012

 

My sister heard - and then saw - a sparrowhawk attacking a nest in her front hedge. She found it quite disturbing (as I would have done). As you say, we are not used to that kind of thing.

12 Nov, 2012

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