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Sparrowhawk - female 1. Garden. 24 September 2012

Observed: 24th September 2012 By: JEFF COWIEJEFF COWIE’s reputation in Birds
Sparrowhawk - female 1. Garden. 24 September 2012
Sparrowhawk - female 2. Garden. 24 September 2012
Description:

Thanks to all who posted. Image title has now been updated.

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Eurasian Sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus) interacts

Comments

Syrphus's picture

Two things tell you

Two things tell you immediately that this is neither a Merlin nor a Kestrel (both falcons). First the yellow eye (falcons all have a dark eye), and the short wings (falcons have long ones).

M.

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ophrys's picture

Juvenile

This is a juvenile Sparrowhawk, with broad buff edges to the upperpart feathers. As such, it could be a male or a female, and only when it starts to moult will that become obvious. At this age, apart from size, they are very similar.

Ian
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