Visit of the Sparrowhawk

Yesterday Neil was walking down to feed the chickens and he came across a baby pigeon that had had its neck torn out.  He wondered what had done that, as neither of our cats are bird catchers anymore.

Just a little later we spotted a beautiful bird of prey hopping around the area, and it was a sparrowhawk.  It had yellow legs and lovely mottled plumage on its chest, but the wings were brown and well camouflaged amongst the leaves on the ground.


This is the first time we have seen a sparrowhawk in our back garden.  We often see a buzzard which circles around on the thermals and then rests on a telegraph post, but we hadn’t seen a sparrowhawk before.  Eventually it flew off and we haven’t seen it again.

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