What is this bird? not in my back garden....

Discussion in 'Talk' started by Dog Star, 30 January 2021.

  1. Dog Star

    Dog Star Western Thunderer

    This photo taken this morning, whilst looking at the garden for the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch. Needless to say that there were no other birds in sight at the time. I have never seen a hawk in the garden before so I am very keen to know the type.

    First thought was Kestrel - possibly wrong colour of the back feathers.

    Second thought was Sparrowhawk - searching the internet suggests this breed is migratory / summer visitors.

    Last edited: 31 January 2021
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  2. Osgood

    Osgood Western Thunderer

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  3. warren haywood

    warren haywood Western Thunderer

    Male Sparrowhawk
    Or as they are called round here Spogghawk:)
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  4. richard carr

    richard carr Western Thunderer

    Yes that's a sparrowhawk, you are very lucky to see that Graham.

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  5. Richard

    Richard Active Member

    I agree with Warren.

    Pic courtesy of the wildlifetrusts.org
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  6. Ressaldar

    Ressaldar Western Thunderer

    One landed on my neighbour's roof a couple of years ago and fortunately (for a change) the camera was handy!!



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  7. eastsidepilot

    eastsidepilot Western Thunderer

    We have Sparrow hawks regularly hunting our garden and surrounding fields, in fact I've seen them take a collard Dove and Blackbird on our lawn.
    Also to be seen at height are the occasional Kite, Buzzard and a rare time was an Owl, type unknown, hunting at low level in the field.

    Took this shot last year.


    Although Sunday lunch may have been to big for or her.

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  8. SimonT

    SimonT Western Thunderer

  9. Max Midnight

    Max Midnight Western Thunderer

    We have a male that is almost a daily visitor. Often stops atop a post that supports the raspberries. One slight movement from the house and it's off.
  10. eastsidepilot

    eastsidepilot Western Thunderer

    In my ignorance regarding these birds I'd always thought that the male and female looked the same, but now I know the difference, we do get a male visiting but had thought it was a different type of hawk. That blue/grey colouring on it's back is noticeable but he's always kept more distance and does not venture into the garden as the female does, tending stay over the fields side.

  11. warren haywood

    warren haywood Western Thunderer

    The female is about 20% bigger than the male and he will keep his distance as she is dominant. It’s not unknown for females to predate males.
    Fairly common within a lot of species of raptors
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  12. Max Midnight

    Max Midnight Western Thunderer

    The same with some humans....:eek:
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  13. Osgood

    Osgood Western Thunderer

    And the other way round - I predate Mrs O (but only by 11 months).

  14. SimonT

    SimonT Western Thunderer

  15. eastsidepilot

    eastsidepilot Western Thunderer

    Don't know about raptors but mine's a Cougar :D

  16. Len Cattley

    Len Cattley Western Thunderer

  17. oldravendale

    oldravendale Western Thunderer

    I just love the way this site flits from subject to subject.:)

    It's wonderful light relief among the (wonderful) model building, painting and weathering.

    I'm sad to say that certain other sites would find this an impertinence.

  18. eastsidepilot

    eastsidepilot Western Thunderer

    I've always considered WT like a 'Mates down the pub on Saturday night' which starts out with semi serious discussion and ends in mirth and harmless ridicule. :)).

  19. simond

    simond Western Thunderer

    I completely mis-read this

    probably says more about me than anything...
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  20. Al Tait

    Al Tait Western Thunderer

    We get a Sparrow Hawk in the garden quite often, along with Pheasants, Partridges, Buzzards and all manor of smaller birds. You always know when the Sparrow Hawk is about as all the other birds disappear, we've had Pigeon's splat themselves on the patio doors with a loud thud in the rush to escape!