24th December 2014

I probably won’t do a post tomorrow, and I know I covered Sparrowhawks the other day, saying to look out for them in the garden at this time of year, but yesterday this wonderful female just flew into our Rowan tree and sat there. Females are 25% larger than males, and have browner backs. She looked all round and up and down, wondering where all the little birds, that she’d spotted feeding nearby, had disappeared to. After the Sparrowhawk left, they emerged from the privet hedge! She could clearly hear them, twisting her head round and cocking her head to try to locate the sound, but they were safe in the hedge. Sparrowhawks are very manoeuvrable, able to fly quickly among dense trees and shrubs, which is why they do

Female Sparrowhawk- fantastic claws with which she catches her prey

Female Sparrowhawk- fantastic claws with which she catches her prey

so well in our gardens, but this time the small birds were too quick for her. The white patches on the back of her head really show well. Conditions: Some sun and cloud. Temperature: Max 6- Min 4C.

This shot shows the two white patches on the back of her head.

This shot shows the two white patches on the back of her head.

She could hear the birds moving about but not see them.

She could hear the birds moving about but not see them.

Her brilliant amber eye and the yellow patch on her beak.

Her brilliant amber eye and the yellow patch on her beak.

 

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