The gentle ringtone from the kitchen island announces the arrival of a text on the phone parked there; a grainy image has been posted to us. The small rectangle of blurred photography shows a sparrowhawk sitting on a small square of lawn with something small, feathered and bloody between his talons. The hawk stares up and at the viewer with a surprised expression, as though caught in the act of doing something dodgy.

My son and daughter-in-law had fed the house sparrows outside their small terraced house as usual and then stood with their nine-month-old daughter, watching these chirpy happy ...


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