Sparrowhawks: As Chris Packham chose this as his favourite bird on Autumnwatch, and we have Sparrowhawks dramatically low-flying through the garden most days at present, I thought I’d post some of the photo’s we’ve taken in our Sheffield garden recently. These beautiful birds are making a recovery since the past impact of DDT and persecution, and now cover almost all of the UK, except the Highlands. Winter sees a few extra Scandinavia birds coming in, too. The BTO is studying whether their recovery is having a significant impact on passerines (perching birds) but they think this is most unlikely. One possible species affected may be Bullfinches but our experience is that we have Sparrowhawks all year round and more Bullfinches than ever. Females are larger and brown-backed, while males have grey backs. Chest colours vary. Conditions: Light cloud and gentle breeze, continuing very mild. Temperature: Max 16- Min 10c.