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   North American sparrow, seen for the first time in Sweden, thrills bird watchers as it is eaten by a hawk

24 Nov 2012 04:11 AM   |   7241 clicks   |   The Citizen
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basemetal    [TotalFark]  
A swallow, subbs.

/like your mom

23 Nov 2012 11:30 PM
xanadian    [TotalFark]  
Well, THAT was hawkward....

23 Nov 2012 11:37 PM
RoyBatty     
If only it had been carrying a coconut, you know, to use as a shield.

23 Nov 2012 11:54 PM
MaudlinMutantMollusk    [TotalFark]  
Was it laden or unladen?

RoyBatty: If only it had been carrying a coconut, you know, to use as a shield.


Nevermind

23 Nov 2012 11:55 PM
cretinbob    [TotalFark]  
I was watching a sparrow chase a hawk this morning. so I got a kick out of the headline.

24 Nov 2012 02:18 AM
colinspooky    [TotalFark]  
Mistake are hard to swallow

24 Nov 2012 02:56 AM
Ice9.1     
Nature raw and red in tooth

24 Nov 2012 04:21 AM
zerkalo     
Upon glancing upon the "More from The Local" tab Sweden may have more to worry about


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The Swedish sex law that shook the world
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Rare owl convalescing in southern Sweden
'A guy wearing a dress is not a sexual thing': Yohio
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24 Nov 2012 04:22 AM
Coelacanth     
*Coughs*... Nature, you scary.

24 Nov 2012 04:36 AM
Revek     
I guess Americans aren't safe anywhere.

24 Nov 2012 04:48 AM
boinkingbill     
Now if would have been an African Swallow....

24 Nov 2012 04:49 AM
DrunkenBob     
Are they going to have a holiday to commemorate the hawk's heroic act in stopping the invasion of the Yankee Sky Rats?

24 Nov 2012 04:50 AM
mutterfark    [TotalFark]  
Story about a migratory swallow...reminds me of something...Oh well, it'll come to me eventually.

/couldn't be a king, don't know about these kinds of things

24 Nov 2012 04:50 AM
sallys     
Well, to be fair, the sparrow hawk must have been waiting a long time for some food to fly by.

24 Nov 2012 04:52 AM
DrPainMD     
FTA: "Bird enthusiasts watching the only American Cliff Swallow to ever grace Sweden's skies were shocked on Tuesday when a hawk swooped in and killed the wayward swallow before their very eyes."

Why would they be shocked? If they are bird enthusiasts, surely they know about birds' behavior and diet.

/stop calling me Shirley.

24 Nov 2012 05:02 AM
twomutts     
The swallow migrated TO Sweden at this time of year?!? Yeah, I think Darwin would have taken care of that little guy if the hawk hadn't gotten there first.

/and subby, reading is hard...

24 Nov 2012 05:03 AM
Hilary T. N. Seuss     
Since we're doing Monty Python...

It flew all that way to Scandinavia? He must have pining for the fjords.

24 Nov 2012 05:04 AM
Interrupted Infinitum     
xanadian: Well, THAT was hawkward....

....

You're a bad person.

24 Nov 2012 05:20 AM
Buffet     
Survival of the fittest. That'd be....me!

24 Nov 2012 05:44 AM
mraudacia     
rare to see one there
rarer to see one eaten there.

win win

24 Nov 2012 06:20 AM
Father_Jack     
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24 Nov 2012 06:23 AM
Snail Jerky     
fark you hark, fark you orl.


-got nuthin

24 Nov 2012 06:24 AM
Mister Peejay     

Hilary T. N. Seuss: Since we're doing Monty Python...

It flew all that way to Scandinavia? He must have pining for the fjords.


Perhaps it grasped the husk of a migratory coconut?

24 Nov 2012 06:26 AM
ShobuZukuri     
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24 Nov 2012 06:31 AM
danielscissorhands    [TotalFark]  

RoyBatty: If only it had been carrying a coconut, you know, to use as a shield.


Came here for coconut reference. Leaving satisfied.

24 Nov 2012 06:40 AM
ilambiquated     
The Germans call the American Robin Wanderdrossel the wandering thrush. Also the European wren is actually the Winter Wren, an American bird thought to have blown over within the last 10,000 years.

So it is possible for bird to accidentally cross the Atlantic, at least West-East.

24 Nov 2012 07:36 AM
BalugaJoe    [TotalFark]  
They could write a saga about this.

24 Nov 2012 07:59 AM
SmokeyS     
Where the fark are the pictures?

24 Nov 2012 08:04 AM
Interceptor1     
That's one way to handle an invasive species.

24 Nov 2012 08:04 AM
rnatalie    [TotalFark]  
The swallow may fly south with the sun or the house martin or the plover may seek warmer climes in winter, yet these are not strangers to our land?

24 Nov 2012 08:06 AM
CreampuffCasperMilktoast     
What a swallow may look like:

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24 Nov 2012 08:14 AM
rnatalie    [TotalFark]  
Send her up to my room after the show.

24 Nov 2012 08:16 AM
lar_m     

CreampuffCasperMilktoast: What a swallow may look like:

[25.media.tumblr.com image 480x600]


What might a pussy look like?

24 Nov 2012 08:20 AM
ZAZ    [TotalFark]  
We had a similar story about an American robin in England five years ago. Oh Jane look at the cute little red-bellied blackbird *chomp*

I have also seen pictures of a stray ocean bird blown off course by a hurricane to Upstate New York. It was being eaten by a gull.

24 Nov 2012 08:57 AM
Billy Bathsalt    [TotalFark]  
TIL Monty Python isn't funny.

Stop laughing.

24 Nov 2012 09:24 AM
rnatalie    [TotalFark]  

lar_m: CreampuffCasperMilktoast: What a swallow may look like:

[25.media.tumblr.com image 480x600]

What might a pussy look like?

 

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24 Nov 2012 09:44 AM
Aulus    [TotalFark]  
A year or so ago, one of the other tenants in my apartment building set up a feeding station in our parking lot for birds and he would sit out there, watching them feed. It got to be quite popular with the local pigeons and sparrows, but the word seems to have gotten out to predators, as well.

One day, he was sitting there watching the birds when a hawk swooped in, less than ten feet from him and nailed one of the sparrows, flying off with it. The guy was so shook up by it, he took down the feeding station.

24 Nov 2012 09:46 AM
Amishrabbit     
Photog says he captured the moment of the kill, and then they don't print the picture? Useless.

24 Nov 2012 09:47 AM
swahnhennessy     
The picture is at the top of the article.

24 Nov 2012 09:51 AM
redmid17    [TotalFark]  

ilambiquated: The Germans call the American Robin Wanderdrossel the wandering thrush. Also the European wren is actually the Winter Wren, an American bird thought to have blown over within the last 10,000 years.

So it is possible for bird to accidentally cross the Atlantic, at least West-East.


There are populations of Canada geese in Europe

24 Nov 2012 10:44 AM
Brick-House     
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24 Nov 2012 10:56 AM
Mad Mark     

Mister Peejay: Hilary T. N. Seuss: Since we're doing Monty Python...

It flew all that way to Scandinavia? He must have pining for the fjords.

Perhaps it grasped the husk of a migratory coconut?


It's not a question of where he grips it! It's a simple question of weight ratios!

24 Nov 2012 11:21 AM
El Supe    [TotalFark]  

Aulus: A year or so ago, one of the other tenants in my apartment building set up a feeding station in our parking lot for birds and he would sit out there, watching them feed. It got to be quite popular with the local pigeons and sparrows, but the word seems to have gotten out to predators, as well.

One day, he was sitting there watching the birds when a hawk swooped in, less than ten feet from him and nailed one of the sparrows, flying off with it. The guy was so shook up by it, he took down the feeding station.


My wife had bird feeder set up by our back patio, and we had a red shouldered hawk who took advantage of it as well one time . On a Sunday afternoon about a year and a half ago while looking out my kitchen window I see a hawk perched on my railing that leads from the kitchen door to the patio, the bird was casually munching on a sparrow he had apparently seized from around the feeder. He was there for over an hour, was disconcerting to see him there staring at us while he was dining. My wife and I learned what it was like to be 'watched like a hawk". And no, i was not about to go out there and shoo it away, that bird looked awfully mean

24 Nov 2012 03:47 PM
Apos     
*scans headline*

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24 Nov 2012 05:40 PM
kenji226     

boinkingbill: Now if would have been an African Swallow....


Of course, African swallows are non-migratory.

24 Nov 2012 08:14 PM
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