The Sparrowhawk

A drab and drizzly November day is not the best kind for bird spotting or taking photos. But modern cameras can do quite well at coping with poor conditions. So here we have, on just such a day, a sparrowhawk which perched for a while in our curator’s garden.

A sparrowhawk in Market Lavington - November 2014

A sparrowhawk in Market Lavington – November 2014

These are not everybody’s favourite bird. They prey on smaller birds and have the speed, in flight, to catch them on the wing. If ever you see this happen you’ll realise it is such a sudden event. A flying bird is just plucked out of the air by this high speed bird of prey.

But of course it is just nature at work and it can’t be denied that the sparrowhawk is a handsome beast.

Many don't like their eating habits but they are handsome birds.

Many don’t like their eating habits but they are handsome birds.

Yes, she’s really quite a beauty.

So, for a second time in quick succession, we ask for other local residents to be on the look out for wild life – do send us any photos.

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