Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Bird Food

We have quite a few sources of bird food in the garden: there are five feeders as well as lots of wild flowers (the Goldfinches especially love the ragwort seed heads). I assume this means that we have quite a few small birds regularly visiting the garden. In turn this means that we are indirectly feeding this female Sparrowhawk.

She sat on top of the bird feeder for a good ten minutes happily surveying the garden. Of course any bird with any sense had buried itself so far into the undergrowth there was nothing else moving anywhere I could see. This is the third time I've seen the Sparrowhawk in the garden but the first time I've seen it sat and been able to photograph it at my leisure. Unfortunately the light was fading and I was shooting through a window which is in serious need of a wash so the photos could be better, but still a pleasant end to the day.
15 September 2011 at 08:15 , Scriptor Senex said...

Nothing appears once I clean the windows - the Sparrowhawks and the like only come when they are dirty. I wonder if they have a sixth sense!

18 September 2011 at 08:15 , GB said...

Wonderful. The only Sparrowhawk I've had in the garden crash-landed into the flowers after an unsuccessful attempt to swoop on the bird feeders. It all happened so quickly that I couldn't even power my camera up.

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