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  • Forum Thread: Sparrowhawk on garden shed this morning :)

  • Forum Thread: Sparrowhawk

    Mrs Sparrowhawk. Lunch is served My Sparrow, thank you very much And wot you lookin' at, too?
  • Forum Thread: nest boxes......positions in my garden........what does everybody think??

    So far i think these look very nice and fit in really nicely in my garden xxxxx. I`d still take any advice about nesting birds plus tips about nest boxes xx
  • Forum Reply: Re: Close encounter of the Sparrowhawk kind....

    For those interested in the photography element... 1. This is the original RAW file - not great when you first open it up. I use Nikon ViewNX 2. I was able to add in two stops exposure compensation, then I added a little brightness and colour boost before sharpening the image. 2. The image...
  • Forum Thread: Very nervous sparrowhawk

    I was sitting at my computer yesterday when I heard that familiar "football rattle" cry of a magpie. I looked up and saw the magpie fly up past the window to the roof, followed by another one, still calling. I got up and looked out, and saw on the ground a magnificent sparrowhawk. She (I think...
  • Forum Reply: Re: kestel or sparrow hawk ?

    Hi Paul,i am amazed that a sparrow hawk could lift a collard dove,didnt dream they were so strong,my garden is nature in the raw and i love it,moved here 4 months ago,and am amazed how many different birds visit my feeding station,pair of green woodpeckers sit in a tree at the bottom of the garden,i...
  • Forum Thread: kestel or sparrow hawk ?

    Hi my name is betty am new to this,but felt i had to share what i saw this morning. While washing up and watching the birds from my kitchen window,i took my eyes off the birds then all hell broke loose,6 magpies 4 collard doves were all screaming and buzzing around the garden,i went out to see what was...
  • Forum Reply: Re: My unusual garden visitors

    Hi Paul, Yes it was a long wait. We saw them in the trees in the field across the lane but never in the garden. When they arrive, not every day, there's around 6+. As for Jackdaws we have quite a few visit every day. They have even learnt to hang off the peanut feeders. First they stood on a branch...
  • Forum Reply: Re: Ten precious minutes sharing time with a Sparrowhawk

    Hi Pipit Wow, that sounds like a great 10 precious minutes. :-) I envy you that time watching and studying him. What a treat. :-)
  • 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...
  • Forum Thread: Oh, How I Wish I'd Kept My Mouth Shut! (Sparrowhawk)

    Only yesteday I commented on a post about what exquisite birds Sparrowhawks are but also that I would never like to see one in my garden... well now I wish I'd kept my mouth shut because my hubby and I were just in our kitchen a few minutes ago, looking out of the window when a male Sparrowhawk landed...
  • Forum Reply: Re: Magpies in your Garden

    Paul E Hi Kathy, there are a few Magpies in our area, although I have just the one visiting the garden most of the time. here he is choking down some suet ball that had fallen out of the feeder: On another occasion I had a second Magpie, which pursued a young Sparrow into the glass to stun...
  • Forum Thread: Surprise Visitor This Morning

    Morning all, picture it.... I was sitting in the conservatory with a cup of coffee, watching the 10 Blackbirds argue, the Robin come and go and the Sparrows chatter and flutter about. Then all of a sudden one of the female Blackbirds let out a panic stricken alarm call, everyone scattered and the...
  • Forum Reply: Re: How Many Of Us Have Seen A Sparrowhawk In Our Gardens Recently...?

    seen my very first one in our garden today, nearly fell over myslf to get a photo.. very windy, very dull, raining but this made it a little brighter....... not the best pic but hey ho......
  • 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?