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What is this bird?

I love reading all the threads on this forum and I’ve learnt so much from it. I had an unexpected visitor in my garden this morning and I thought someone on here might be able to identify it. Thank you in advance 

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  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,860
    Sparrowhawk?
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....



    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • Yes, I think you’re right. Thank you 
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 87,904
    edited February 2022
    Yes, I think it's a sparrowhawk too.  

    https://www.rspb.org.uk/birds-and-wildlife/wildlife-guides/bird-a-z/sparrowhawk/

    Males are smaller than the females and have a reddish colouring on the stripey breast.  I think your photo shows  a female.

    Welcome to the forum ... glad you're finding it helpful  :)

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.





  • Thank you everyone. I had to zoom in my phone to get a photo through the window. I didn’t want to risk getting closer and it flying away. It was so exciting to see a bird of prey in my garden. 
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,860
    It's always a thrill @Messynessy, no matter how often you see them  :)

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....



    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • TheGreenManTheGreenMan Posts: 1,957
    A fabulous bird. Although the house sparrows may not think so. 

    I caught one jumping up and down on something on my lawn. 

    It was a house sparrow ☹️🤨

    This was it flying off with its dinner! 


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