Sometimes you don’t have to go and see something special it comes to you! This was the case with a young Sparrowhawk, a female we think, around our garden at the moment. I think it is unsure how to hunt and is still learning it’s skills. We certainly have enough Sparrows in our garden although I’m not sure if I want to see the Sparrowhawk eating them!
Our first sighting was the hawk hitting the Conservatory window probably hunting and luckily it wasn’t hurt just stunned for a few minutes!
Then a few days later we spotted her on the top of a hedge and this time I managed to get the camera out and take a few pictures, there were Sparrows in the hedge and she was trying to jump on them, she hasn’t learnt the art of speed and stealth by taking them on the wing, we have seen one take a Sparrow in the garden before and it’s a case of blink and you miss it except for a few feathers!
It was so nice to be able to watch her I didn’t risk going outside to take pictures as it would have frightened her away but took them through the conservatory window.
The Swallows and Martins have been migrating for the whole month, just when you think they have all gone another flock appears, moving from up country I suppose. It’s nearly the end of September now and still I’m seeing them. The weather has been kind with warmth and lots of flies about no doubt one day soon they will be all gone, I always feel sad but then there is next year hopefully!
The first movie is from the side of Hambledon Hill, suddenly they appear from nowhere making lots of noise and then they are gone in a moment.
The movie below is from my garden, again they suddenly appear do a few turns around the field and then they are gone, I just hope for a following wind and a good journey for them all!