Monday, 26 September 2016

A New Visitor, Not Quite so Welcomed :-\

 We have been getting regular visits from a Sparrowhawk, I think it is a juvenile female.  Sunday evening, just before I went for my shift at the hospital, she was on the ground just outside our lounge window.  I got my camera and took a few through the window and then we opened the window carefully and managed to get a few shots through the open window.  She was aware of us looking at her and did not seem to care.  As you see from the close-ups, she has some of her supper on her beak still.


WILLIE........! =^..^= said...

Fantastic....Great Shots...!

Sparrowhawks are small birds of prey. They're adapted for hunting birds in confined spaces like dense woodland, so gardens are ideal hunting grounds for them. Adult male sparrowhawks have bluish-grey back and wings and orangey-brown bars on their chest and belly. Females and young birds have brown back and wings, and brown bars underneath. Sparrowhawks have bright yellow or orangey eyes, long, yellow legs and long talons. Females are larger than males, as with most birds of prey.

Richard Pegler said...

I know I've said this before, Lin, but I always have mixed feelings about Sparrowhawks visiting our garden. Usually I'm quite happy to accept an occasional visit. There have been times, however, that I've started to get concerned when the visits were several times a day over several weeks.

You did very well to get such great images of your visiting female. I usually find that our visitors are quick to depart the moment they spot me! - I'm still talking Sparrowhawks here!!! :-)

Roy Norris said...

Definitely not welcomed Lyn.