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Flew into my car

Observed: 2nd March 2013 By: lesley ash
Bird of prey

I opened my car door,bent down to get my shopping out and heard a clunk.
When I shut the door the bird was panting, stunned on the ground.
I left it on a shallow-pitched shed roof and checked its progress from time to time. It recovered over the course of about half an hour and flew off....to choruses of boos from the local songbirds, one assumes.

Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Eurasian Sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus) interacts


ophrys's picture


It's a Sparrowhawk born last year, with pale fringes to the feathers on its wings. Glad that it flew off okay.

Hobby, incidentally, is a summer migrant, so it is a bit too early for them to be returning to this country yet...still on their way back from Africa.


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Aláine's picture

This bird is definately a

This bird is definately a juvenile and a female because of the white supercrillium and the pale plumage on the breast. Great to hear it recovered, high mortaility rate in juvenile raptors up tp 70% in some species. The sparrowhawks tendancy to tailchase causes plenty of unfortunate window collisions! I had a juvenile female given to me after it died having collided with an airport terminal window.


ophrys's picture


Looks pretty small to me, and young males have the white supercilium as well. I don't think you can sex it from the picture.


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JonathanWallace's picture

Further to the comments by

Further to the comments by Ophrys and Alaine, which I agree with, it is also worth mentioning that Hobby has a very different appearance. Unlike the horizontal bars on the breast of the sparrowhawk, hobby has dark vertical streaks down its breast. It also has black 'moustaches', similar to a peregrine, and, in flight, appears to be wearing orangey-red breeches.
In this case you did not get to see the sparrowhawk in flight but if you had you would have seen that it has quite a different shape to the Hobby as well.
You can see pictures of the two species here http://www.rspb.org.uk/wildlife/birdguide/name/h/hobby/index.aspx (hobby) and here http://www.rspb.org.uk/wildlife/birdguide/name/s/sparrowhawk/index.aspx (sparrowhawk).

Jonathan Wallace