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Sparrowhawk - young (please see comments)

Observed: 22nd May 2013 By: scarpermacscarpermac’s reputation in Birdsscarpermac’s reputation in Birdsscarpermac’s reputation in Birdsscarpermac’s reputation in Birds
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Description:

[Taken through double glazing] Sparrowhawk seen feasting on a male House Sparrow, then actually chased from the garden by a male Blackbird! Unfortunately my photos of that particular moment are worse than terrible

Identifications
Species interactions

Species with which Eurasian Sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus) interacts

Comments

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Sex

This is a young bird, born last year. The buff edges to the upperpart feathers and rather blotchy markings on the chest are typical of a young bird. At this age, males and females are effectively the same in plumage. I would not like to guess whether male or female for this one.

Ian
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Young Sparrowhawk

Yikes. Well that's information very gratefully received. I guess I jumped in making my identification based on my knowledge of the male and maybe not considering other possibilities - there's a lesson for me. Thanks.

Feel free to look at my ongoing (hopefully improving) collection of pictures on Flickr:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/46256910@N00/