Wednesday 5 April 2023

Today's (Welcome/Unwelcome) Garden Guest

Pictures: David Gill

This is the first time I have seen a Sparrowhawk in the grass. We have occasional visits, but the bird usually perches on a fence or branch and sometimes simply swoops across the garden.

I suspect Chris Packham would be pleased to host such a bird ... but with our regular company of Long-tailed tits, Blackcaps (two male, one female), Blue tits, Great tits, Wren (just the one), Dunnocks and Robins, I am not sure what I think about having a bird of prey so close to our fatball feeders and patio door. Does anyone know if this is unusual behaviour for this species of raptor? 


Ragged Robin said...

i've seen them on the ground Caroline but usually when plucking a bird. I've also seen them flying round and trying to get in bushes where the birds have taken shelter. I'm always thrilled to see one but not so much when they take a bird so I understand your feelings.

Crafty Green Poet said...

Great photos, sparrowhawks are magnificent birds, but I would also worry about the smaller birds! I've never seen a sparrowhawk on the ground except when it's got prey