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Observed: 11th January 2012 By: leenestofvipersleenestofvipers’s reputation in Birdsleenestofvipers’s reputation in Birdsleenestofvipers’s reputation in Birdsleenestofvipers’s reputation in Birds
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Eurasian Sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus) interacts


KelsaeJohn's picture


This is a female.

David Jardine's picture

Hatched 2011?

The very pale fringes on the wing coverts along with the heavy chest barring suggest it is a first winter bird.

leenestofvipers's picture


This particular bird has a routine, at the same time roughly each day (around midday) she does the rounds in my garden, has done for three years. I have a lot of feeders and she sees this as an opportunity.
If she is a first winter bird then I wonder whether she has inherited this patch from her mother and is continuing the routine. A friend found a female dead this year not too far away. Thanks David.

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As David says, it is a young bird, and not necessarily a female, as such (though it looks quite stocky, perhaps). I think any idea of inheriting a patch from a mother is very unlikely, to be honest. You may well have several Sparrowhawks in the area and get visits from a number of different birds. Midday may be when a lot of birds use the feeders, so also when a predator is likely to appear. I occasionally catch Sparrowhawks when ringing at feeder sites, but I have never retrapped the same bird.


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It is quite a big bird compared to the males I see.
If it is different birds then they have remarkably similar habits, including landing in exactly the same place, and taking her catch to exactly the same spot under a bush behind the fence in order to eat it. Sadly she never comes by when we have the nets up though.Would love to ring one.