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Marsh Harrier?

Observed: 10th May 2012 By: LaurenSmithLaurenSmith’s reputation in Birds
SAM_0011
SAM_0012
Description:
Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Eurasian Sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus) interacts

Comments

browntrumpet's picture

Raptor

Possibly a female Sparrowhawk?

David Jardine's picture

Short wings, long tail

Short wings, long tail point to an accipiter and I think I can almost see a yellow eye

browntrumpet's picture

Raptor

Yes, i agree.
Marsh Harrier has longer wings to tail tip and Buzzard would be much stockier.
Also quite a small head and like you i think possibly a yellow eye.

LaurenSmith's picture

Thanks for your comments and

Thanks for your comments and suggestions! I see what you mean about the short wings compared to the long tail. I now agree that it is likely to be a female sparrowhawk as that also matches the other features in the description and photos above.

A very similar bird landed on the same fence post one and a half years later. I posted photos of that bird onto iSpot too and lots of people agree that it was a female sparrowhawk. It could be the same bird :)