Stranger Fruit

Not so hard to swallow


Birdwatchers rushed excitedly to see a swallow that hasn’t been seen in Britain for 20 years – then got a nasty surprise when eaten by a hawk in front of their eyes.

The twitchers had been watching the red-rumped swallow for 20 minutes when it stopped to rest on a TV aerial.

It was then that the sparrowhawk swooped, near Montrose in Scotland.

Group member Mike Sawyer said: ‘We were horrified. We had just called other birdwatchers to tell them the news, and then had to call back to say it had been eaten.’ 

The red-rumped swallow isn’t normally found any further north than Greece.

A RSPB spokesman added: ‘Sadly, it is just one of those things.’ (source)


  1. #1 coturnix
    November 15, 2006

    I heard this story on BBC radio this morning but did not have time to search and post. Thank you for posting this. As they say, that’s life!

  2. #2 L
    November 16, 2006

    I hate to say it, but I sort of giggled a little when I read this


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