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Feb 08, 2015 19:19 |  #1

I was just very contentedly watching this bird fly past as i was somehow convinced it was just a pigeon as it flew like one, but after looking at it, its definitely not a humble pigeon:oops:

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Feb 08, 2015 19:48 |  #2

Looks like a Sharp-shinned hawk.


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Feb 08, 2015 19:48 |  #3

Location would help.


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Feb 08, 2015 20:07 |  #4

Sorry everyone - Its from South Wales in the UK.

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Feb 08, 2015 20:11 as a reply to  @ Pagman's post |  #5

Well then, it can't be a Sharp-shinned hawk. It is an Accipiter so it could be what you guys call a Sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus)

Pretty sure it's a Sparrow hawk. I only see two Accipiters listed for Wales and the Goshawk (which this isn't) is the other one listed.


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Feb 08, 2015 20:28 |  #6

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Well then, it can't be a Sharp-shinned hawk. It is an Accipiter so it could be what you guys call a Sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus)

Pretty sure it's a Sparrow hawk. I only see two Accipiters listed for Wales and the Goshawk (which this isn't) is the other one listed.

Thank you for looking that up for me:-) are they common/rare or special in semi rural parts in land away from the sea?

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Feb 08, 2015 20:43 as a reply to  @ Pagman's post |  #7

I am not sure how common they are. My interests focus on North American raptors since that is where I reside, and I am most familiar with the species found here.


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Feb 08, 2015 21:23 |  #8

Yes, it's a sparrowhawk.

It isn't a rare bird, probably a little bit less common than the kestrel (although kestrel numbers seem to be on the decline and sparrowhawks seem to be getting more common) and found throughout the whole UK. If you have bird feeders in your garden you may well get sparrowhawks visiting as well. I recently lived in a static caravan in North Wales for 18 months, in quite a rural area, and had a pair of sparrowhawks visiting the feeder often (although as the feeder was against the side of a hedge the targets had only a quick hop to safety - I never saw the sprawks ever catch anything). The male tended to land on a post on my decking rail, just by my window, and the female tended to land on the hedge if they missed catching anything. On a couple of occasions, when out on the sundeck, I almost got hit by the female, as she adopted a tactic of coming in low and fast from around the side of the caravan to surprise anything on the feeder, she was flashing past me within a couple of feet each time before we registered each other.

Even in urban areas you will find them in gardens. Prior to Wales I lived in a semi-detached in the middle of Southport and had occasional sparrowhawks sweeping in at my bird feeder. I have seen them in towns, and cities, many times.

The numbers had been in decline until a couple of decades ago but the RSPB ran a "save the sparrowhawk" campaign and that helped the recovery. Ironically, sparrows are now in massive decline and there is a "save the sparrow" campaign. Sparrowhawks can take up to 10 small birds a day, I read somewhere, although that is unlikely to be the sparrows only problem..




  
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Feb 08, 2015 21:46 |  #9

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Yes, it's a sparrowhawk.

It isn't a rare bird, probably a little bit less common than the kestrel (although kestrel numbers seem to be on the decline and sparrowhawks seem to be getting more common) and found throughout the whole UK. If you have bird feeders in your garden you may well get sparrowhawks visiting as well. I recently lived in a static caravan in North Wales for 18 months, in quite a rural area, and had a pair of sparrowhawks visiting the feeder often (although as the feeder was against the side of a hedge the targets had only a quick hop to safety - I never saw the sprawks ever catch anything). The male tended to land on a post on my decking rail, just by my window, and the female tended to land on the hedge if they missed catching anything. On a couple of occasions, when out on the sundeck, I almost got hit by the female, as she adopted a tactic of coming in low and fast from around the side of the caravan to surprise anything on the feeder, she was flashing past me within a couple of feet each time before we registered each other.

Even in urban areas you will find them in gardens. Prior to Wales I lived in a semi-detached in the middle of Southport and had occasional sparrowhawks sweeping in at my bird feeder. I have seen them in towns, and cities, many times.

The numbers had been in decline until a couple of decades ago but the RSPB ran a "save the sparrowhawk" campaign and that helped the recovery. Ironically, sparrows are now in massive decline and there is a "save the sparrow" campaign. Sparrowhawks can take up to 10 small birds a day, I read somewhere, although that is unlikely to be the sparrows only problem..


Hiya, hows things? thank you for your input i appreciate it, since moving to wales and being on the edge of the breacons i sometimes see some interesting bird life, but i have to keep my eyes peeled, so far i have seen a group of buzzards that seem to fly either on there own or in two's i have seen just the one red kite, but very very high up and now the sparrow hawk/
One day i mite see a red kite close enough to get a decent pic, that is my hope;-)a

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