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Male Sparrowhawk


Male Sparrowhawk

Only ever see him Winter/Early Spring. Called here twice this week ..unsuccessfully..



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Gosh, he's well disguised in that tree, and such fierce looking birds close up

11 Nov, 2011

 

Must admit i had to look twice to see him, really blends in does'nt he.

11 Nov, 2011

 

Yes Bamboo, both he and the female are very hard to spot when in the trees, occasionally they land on the hedge and I can see better, but took me a while to focus in on him today.

11 Nov, 2011

amy
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Well spotted Tet , he is so well diguised !

11 Nov, 2011

 

he looks as if he is having a very long stare ~ is he looking at you doing your gardening or your cooking?

11 Nov, 2011

 

great pic Tetra :o)

11 Nov, 2011

 

I think it was Sparrow Diane Sticki..there were hundreds gibbering in the hedge..but he didnt get it today!
I always know by their continuous alarm calls that its a bird of prey Amy/Clarice, and despite scouring the garden with binoculars I sometimes dont see them til they fly off, they blend so well. The sparrow alarm call is intermittant for a cat and very disjointed for magpies.
The other thing about the sparrowhawk is their silent flight. They are very much like owls in that respect.One flew behind Ken's head one day, almost touching and he never heard a thing!

11 Nov, 2011

 

thats almost spooky ~ the silent flight!!

Sparrow Diane!!! dont think i have that recipe ~ be a ray mears type thing!!!

11 Nov, 2011

 

The only interesting flying things that we get are bats........

11 Nov, 2011

 

Sore point for me that Meanie - we used to get pipistrelles flying at the front, right past my window across to the other building - but not now, because they've changed the light bulbs on the landings (all glass to the outside) here and they're so bright, the bats don't come any more. I'm really annoyed about it...

11 Nov, 2011

 

I'm watching a sea eagle just now

On a program about north Uist, may go there next year??

11 Nov, 2011

 

They're good to watch as they emerge at dusk!

11 Nov, 2011

 

The sea eagle or the bat?

There used to be a little bat that flew round here at dusk but I haven't seen him for a while

11 Nov, 2011

 

He looks as though he means business..glad I'm not a little bird ! :o((

11 Nov, 2011

 

Well captured Tet, he knows where to sit so he blends in....

11 Nov, 2011

 

Good photo' he does look fierce though. I love to see them hovering.

11 Nov, 2011

 

Sparrowhawks dont really hover Val, they are crafty birds, they fly low over hedges and swoop down over the other side to try and catch the little ones unawares..we are careful to put our feeders close to hedge cover but we have seen a few successful forays.

12 Nov, 2011

 

I think its Kestrels that do the hovering thing - we see those here over the fields, amazing to watch - hovering, then a sudden swoop and dive...

12 Nov, 2011

 

I stand corrected O wise one. ;0))

12 Nov, 2011

 

Wow! In the garden.

12 Nov, 2011

 

Yes Tog, and he makes the sparrows more nervous than ever cos he is small enough to poke into the hedge unlike his larger girlfriend.

12 Nov, 2011

 

Something got a bird in our back garden a couple of days ago - loads of feathers everywhere. We think it was probably a sparrowhawk as there were no bits of carcase, only feathers. A bit upsetting but what can you do?

13 Nov, 2011

 

Lovely to see, Tetrarch, but not when they're working :)

13 Nov, 2011

 

Agree Gee, they are fabulous birds and they have to live and thats nature..I have seen a good clean kill, which strangely didnt disturb me, to a bad kill which did!

13 Nov, 2011

 

can see by the whitewash that the tree is well frequented by your little friends. It's a relief that those piercing yellow eyes didn't hone in on any of your brood. they are lovely but lethal. Came home from town last week to find a HUGE sharp shinned hawk in the maple behind the shed. He was looking for my squirrels and chipmunks and I let him know he wasn't welcome in no uncertain terms!

18 Nov, 2011

 

Sparrowhawks are beautiful birds and a member of the group of hunting birds that kill to survive. This picture shows how well they can camouflage themselves. I know it seems savage the way they kill other birds, but when you think about it we go to the butchers shop or supermarket to buy meat that has been killed for us to eat. Usually everything eats something to survive, it's nature.......and what a wonderful diversity of flora and fauna we have around us too. Let's hope in years to come we can look after our planet a bit better than what we do.

18 Nov, 2011



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