Bird Identification

This bird of prey was hunting in our garden today, can anyone identify it please?  

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  • FleurisaFleurisa Posts: 779

    Sparrowhawk?

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,231

    Nice pic Mrs G. That's a sparrow hawk

  • Mrs GMrs G Posts: 336

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  • Mrs GMrs G Posts: 336

    Thanks!  Saw it take down a pigeon a few weeks ago but was too far away to see properly.  Am I right in thinking it's a juvenile?  

     

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,231

    not much left of whatever it had for breakfast

  • Forester2Forester2 Posts: 1,478

    We have a mixed hedge at the bottom of our garden that is very busy and full of sparrows and I often see the sparrow hawk swoop down and carry one off.  Sad to see but that is life.

  • Mrs GMrs G Posts: 336

    Looked like just feathers to me but it was there for over half an hour feeding.  This was on our privet but we also have a lovely mixed hedge.  The sparrows especially love the hedges and congregate in big groups.  No different from a ladybird eating an aphid or us eating a steak though I guess.image

     

  • Fantastic photos Mrs G! I think this is a young male Accipiter nisus - I just love the stripey 'trousers' he's sporting!!!

  • hollie hockhollie hock Posts: 3,340

    Great pictures Mrs G, they are handsome birds aren't they

  • KezzaKezza Posts: 90

    cracking photos Mrs G  ! image

     

    I've got a sparrowhawk which visits my garden, though haven't seen him / her for a while now, though often go home to find 'road kill' in my garden, usually just a pile of feathers   image

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