This bird of prey was hunting in our garden today, can anyone identify it please?
Nice pic Mrs G. That's a sparrow hawk
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?
not much left of whatever it had for breakfast
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.
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.
Fantastic photos Mrs G! I think this is a young male Accipiter nisus - I just love the stripey 'trousers' he's sporting!!!
cracking photos Mrs G !
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