19th December 2914

Another bird to look out for in your gardens over this period is the lethal, acrobatic Sparrowhawk, which is drawn to garden bird-feeder activity at this time of year especially. I remember the very first one I saw was in a friends garden in Mid-Wales, sweeping with great agility to her bird-table and carrying off a small bird. Last year, Lynn captured this great shot of one in the garden. The Collared Dove may have been stunned by hitting the window, trying to escape the attack from the Sparrowhawk. The hawk started to feed, unusually, on the ground until it had reduced the weight of the bird sufficiently to fly off with

A male Sparrowhawk plucking a Collared Dove in the garden last year

A male Sparrowhawk plucking a Collared Dove in the garden last year

Once it had lightened the Dove's weight enough, it carried it off to a more private place to feed

Once it had lightened the Dove’s weight enough, it carried it off to a more private place to feed

A male resting on the head of a goose- albeit an ornamental one

A male resting on the head of a goose- albeit an ornamental one

Sparrow hawk preparing for lift-off

Sparrow hawk preparing for lift-off

it to a less exposed site.  The other photo’s of a male in next doors garden are from a couple of years ago. Conditions: After heavy rain through the evening and night, sun and light drizzle alternating, with more heavy rain due for tonight. Temperature: One of those interesting winter days where maximum and minimum temperatures are the same, day and night: Max 6- Min 6C.

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