Visiting Sparrowhawk

I have been doing some long overdue pruning in our garden and now have a 4 foot high mountain of stuff to get rid of. I say pruning because if it is done properly the plants get healthier, ours might not survive. I did wonder if any animals would hide in the mountain but I was a little surprised to see a black and red patch on the top of it today. It didn’t look like vegetation so I went and had a closer look. It turned out to be a rather bloody Blackbird corpse. I left it there and was rewarded within minutes with a Sparrowhawk coming in to feed.

In one of the photos you can see the bird’s nictitating membrane across its eye. As usual you can click on an image to see it in its gallery and on a computer screen it should be better quality.

Redwing in our Garden

A few weeks back I posted a couple of record shots of a Redwing in our garden. If you looked at the images on a decent monitor you could see that it was a Redwing behind all the branches and rose thorns.

I have now got 2022 off to a better start with some much clearer shots of Redwing in our Garden.

We also have quite a few male Blackbirds that seem to enjoy chasing the Redwing off.

If you click on an image you should see it at a better quality and be able to step through the others.

A Stuffed Sparrowhawk

I got a phone call from my neighbour today. He told me about a bird in his garden that was tucking into a Pigeon. After looking through one of our windows I’m afraid I cut him off a bit short, he was telling me a bit about how it had progressed but I had to tell him I needed both hands for my camera and lens. I hope he appreciates the photos.

I have used a photo of the bird in a tree after it had eaten enough. This is so those that aren’t keen on the sight of blood aren’t taken by surprise. There is no need to look any further if you are one of those people.

Judging by the size of its crop it has had a substantial meal. Most Pigeons I see in the garden are Wood Pigeons which are a decent size so I am not surprised the bones have yet to be picked clean. The Sparrowhawk looks full.

You can click on an image to see it in the album and it should be a clearer, better image.

Redwing in the garden

The photos aren’t very good but I am quite pleased to have spotted a Redwing in the hedge at the back of our garden.

I’m not sure it will help much, but if you click on the image you can see it in a larger size.

On a couple of occasions, in the poor light, I wondered if the bird flitting between the trees was a Redwing but often it turned out to be a Blackbird.