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  • Forum Thread: You'll Never Believe It!

    Hi All, the beginning of the week I bought you the story of my somewhat very regular female Sparrowhawk who caught a mouse. Something that is not unheard of but not exactly common. Well today I spent two hours in the utility room giving my Westie Bobby a haircut, I get a good view of the garden...
  • Forum Thread: Waiting for lunch?

    First attempt at uploading. I'm glad to say he (she?) flew off empty beaked! Not the best quality but I was excited~!
  • Forum Reply: Re: Sparrowhawks

    Hi Again! Thanks everyone ever so much for all your help, i have managed to get a copy of Ian Newtons 'The Sparrowhawk' from the library. What an amazing book! So helpful with my research too :-) I have to say, special thanks to the people who attached photos, fantastic! I was hoping...
  • Forum Thread: Another Sparrowhawk visit -

    She came again this afternoon, perched on the landing stage above the feeders and waited ... and waited ... and waited. It was amazing just to watch her as she searched for her meal, eyes everywhere, body relaxed then tensed. Is it up there? or over there? behind me? What's...
  • Forum Reply: Re: should I feel happy or sad??? Sparrowhawks

    Hi Bekky A Sparrowhawk doing what comes naturally can be hard to watch but consider the ability to do so as a privilege. The fact that you have them visiting your garden at all suggests that your local ecology is is pretty good nick which is something to be thankful for. In spite of what the hard...
  • Forum Reply: Re: Sparrowhawk decimates bird population

    Hi Jan and wecome to the RSPB Community. I unreservedly endorse comments made above. If your local songbird population is permanently denuded then you need to be looking at factors other than natural predation for the cause. My garden bird community does fine (I'm particularly happy about the...
  • Forum Thread: Lots of snow but still managed a few recognisable pics on my compact (LTTs, coal tit, mr williams, house sparrow and pigeon xx

    long tailed tits surprised me, mr williams again, coal tit seems to be here everyday lately, house sparrow waiting for hubby to get home lol and roly mo the pigeon doesn`t understand that the food isn`t on the roof of the bird table LOL
  • Forum Reply: Re: Sparrowhawk

    I was wondering that too.
  • Forum Reply: Re: How can I attract more birds into my garden?

  • Forum Thread: Then it all went quiet ...... Updated

    and I wonder why? To my non-expert eye, this looks like a female. However, the other day I had a visit and posted some pics of the sprawk with a baby sparrow pinned down and was told he was a second year male. Could this be the same bird, or is it a female?
  • Forum Thread: I have a sparrowhawk too

    I took these pictures through my kitchen window yesterday. I am not sure if it is a male or female but the sparrowhawk sat on the wall for about 2 minutes. Then flew off with lunch and was back a couple of hours later but not so lucky on it's return. Felt so sorry all day for the poor sparrow and...
  • Forum Reply: Re: Sparrow hawk strike

    Few birds evoke such mixed feelings as the sparrowhawk. It can be a bit distressing to see one feeding on the birds in you garden but they are magnificent to see. They are a good indicator that you have a healthy bird population in your area. Sparrowhawks only eat small birds (and possibly the odd bat...
  • Forum Reply: Re: VOTE for your least favourite garden creature!

    Please feel free to defend any of the critters mentioned on the list if you do not feel they warrant a place on the poll. Equally, if one of them really gets your goat we want to know why. Maybe someone can suggest ways to navigate certain problems these creatures can pose. The creatures featured...
  • Forum Reply: Re: Sparrow hawk strike

    Wow,Fridgemagnate, thats pretty amazing and i would say a family group would be the only explanation. At this time of year the nestlings are approaching fledging age if they have not reached it already so it is entirely possible that you saw the youngsters harassing the adults for a feed. In recent weeks...
  • Forum Thread: Can you tell what it is yet :)

    Looking through the kitchen window at the sparrows holly tree when I thought I saw my not so smart collared dove in there. Looked again and WOW ................................. Not the greatest picture I know but got most of her body and that impressive beak all not 10 feet away. She didnt...
  • Forum Reply: Re: How Many Of Us Have Seen A Sparrowhawk In Our Gardens Recently...?

    Hiya This bird which I think is a sparrowhawk flew into our house yesterday. I know next to nothing about birds but it looked like a very young bird as it was much smaller than the one we see flying round the garden. It didn't look like it been long from the nest. From reading the books I know...
  • Forum Thread: The Birds in our Garden

    Our garden’s very busy, the birds fly to and fro, we don’t know where they come from and we don’t know where they go . The blue tits come in little groups and eat up all the seeds, the dunnocks and the blackbirds are rooting through the weeds. The great tits are on the feeders...
  • Forum Reply: Re: My unusual garden visitors

    Thanks Tony. It was real luck. I was stood there taking pictures of Blackbirds at the Birdtable and suddenly they were all gone and the Sparrowhawk was on the post. I don't get luck like that often but when I do it's a real buzz. Shirleyann
  • Forum Reply: Re: I have a sparrowhawk too

    Sexing young sparrowhawks isn't always easy. I'm not sure that there are consistent differences in the facial markings between males and females, despite what Javier Blasco-Zumeta's excellent PDF (aimed at ringers suggests) - he only shows two photos so it's not clear what conclusions...
  • Forum Thread: Stunned SparrowHawk

    About 1/2 hour ago I heard a thump on our conservatory glass. Rushing out I saw a SparrowHawk sitting just outside the door obviously stunned. We have put the RSPB decals on the doors and windows to prevent birds hitting the glass, but this SparrowHawk went for the swallow on the side door. He sat...
  • Forum Reply: Re: A rare visitor

    Here you are. Posted to the gallery here. Not very good as I don't have a long lens for this digital camera: http://www.rspb.org.uk/community/media/p/29401.aspx http://www.rspb.org.uk/community/media/p/29400.aspx
  • Forum Thread: Sparrowhawks in Kent

    Hi, I have just joined. I have feeders in trees right outside my study window (about 2 feet away) and constantly have Sparrowhawks swooping in trying to get the birds. It's a game of wits as I try to place obstacles to stop him taking the small birds. My regular daily visitors are loads of...
  • Forum Thread: A rare visitor

    I returned home form work one day last week and thought that I saw a pigeon on my lawn. When I looked more closely I discovered that it was a Sparrowhawk feeding on a young bird. I watched this bird for almost an hour and it seemed completely unperturbed by the fact that I was less than 3 metres from...
  • Forum Thread: Sparrowhawk

    Sitting on a neighbour's roof, looking good in the Sun. Male, I think. I was looking at the Sparrowhawk and the Sparrowhawk was looking at me.
  • Forum Thread: SparrowHawk Drowning a Starling

    I have many birds in my garden from Blue / Great / Longtailed / Coal Tits alongside Goldfinches, Greater Spotted Woodpeckers, Nuthatches, Robins, Sparrow, Chaffinches and starlings but I have never seen this anywhere before. The link below has a collection of photo's I got following a din in the...