25th January 2016

Look what briefly landed on our hedge today- a gorgeous Sparrowhawk. Probably a  

Female Sparrowhawk

Female Sparrowhawk- showing its golden eye

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Sparrowhawk wobbling on the hedge

Sparrowhawk wobbling on the hedge

female (although male  juveniles are also this sort of colouring), it swooped down onto the privet hedge, wobbled around trying to balance (as you can see),then flew off again. Females weigh more and are 25% bigger than males, and have browner backs. It is thought that the males are smaller in order to be more agile and manoeuvrable- they need to hunt more during breeding to supply the female on the nest. Sparrowhawks are doing well in the UK, and are one of the birds on the ‘Green List’, meaning their numbers are stable. Conditions: Mild and dry with a strong breeze. Temperature: Max 13- Min 6c.

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