Garden Raptor!

The garden has been quiet for the past few weeks and my better half commented that we had not seen a Sparrowhawk in the garden for some months. The blackies and finches have reappeared and on Sat morning we spotted this on the fencing at the bottom of the garden, stayed for about 20/30mins. All taken through the window.

Finally turned round to face the house to have a groom.

Looks like its feet were getting cold.

I can stand and stare like this for ever so watch it!

Just looking........

Where have all the other birds gone, no one wants to perch with me.

KR
Tony

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  • Lovely photo captues Tony;    the Sparrowhawk is certainly an imposing looking bird with those starey eyes - very intimidating  !      We used to see one on a regular basis sweeping through past our feeders but not seen one for a while now although did find a huge pile of woodpigeon feathers on the grass so it may be coming in very early or dusk time - and it must be female if its taking larger birds like the woodpigeon.  

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    Regards, Hazel 

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  • In reply to HAZY:

    Lucky old you. I never get one in south London. Is it just me, or does it look like a young bird somehow.

  • In reply to MParry:

    Mmm they are lovely looking birds, but one that you want in someone else's garden! Nice pictures Tony.

    Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

  • In reply to Catlady:

    Splendid bird :-) Always nice to see one in the garden (assuming it's not devouring one of the other visitors).

    "Let loose the Kraken!"

  • In reply to HAZY:

    HAZY said:

    - and it must be female if its taking larger birds like the woodpigeon.  

    Nice photos, Tony.

    Re males catching wood pigeons. I wouldn't rule it out, mainly because I saw one about a year ago. It was in the road in the middle of a local village and was holding up traffic while it wrestled with a wood pigeon. It was clearly a male, and quite a mature one due to eye colour and overall 'textbook' plumage. It was having to pluck the pigeon alive and was managing to keep it on its back. It finally got disturbed by someone opening their front door and a dog came running out of it. Not sure whether the male sprawk came back to eat its pigeon, but I do know the pigeon was almost dead until it was put out of its misery. Pigeons are certainly not typical prey for males, but collared doves I've certainly seen at least two in my previous garden, so I'd class them as typical even though they're meant to be larger than 'typical prey' according to books.

  • In reply to Robbo:

    Robbo said:
    Re males catching wood pigeons. I wouldn't rule it out, mainly because I saw one about a year ago. It was in the road in the middle of a local village and was holding up traffic while it wrestled with a wood pigeon. It was clearly a male, and quite a mature one due to eye colour and overall 'textbook' plumage. It was having to pluck the pigeon alive and was managing to keep it on its back. It finally got disturbed by someone opening their front door and a dog came running out of it. Not sure whether the male sprawk came back to eat its pigeon, but I do know the pigeon was almost dead until it was put out of its misery. Pigeons are certainly not typical prey for males, but collared doves I've certainly seen at least two in my previous garden, so I'd class them as typical even though they're meant to be larger than 'typical prey' according to books.

          Thanks so much for the interesting and helpful info Rob, I would never have imagined the smaller male could tackle a large and heavy (in comparison) bird like a woodpigeon -  I learn something new every day !   

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  • In reply to MParry:

    Nice photos, Tony. A good bird to get in the garden for you if not for your other feathered friends.

    1000-01-01 said:
    Is it just me, or does it look like a young bird somehow.

    I agree, it looks like an immature male. The bill looks too dinky for a female.

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  • In reply to TeeJay:

    A lovely visitor to have pose for you.

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  • In reply to Nigel O:

    There's a fab picture of one on the cover of the London Bird Report 2014. This link shows it a bit:

    lnhs.org.uk/.../406-london-bird-report-2014

  • In reply to MParry:

    Brilliant photos Tony, nature at it's best! Interesting story too Robbo.

    Best wishes

    Hazel in the Gironde estuary, France