We are very lucky here to share our space with a wide range of different birds. We have lots of pigeons, jackdaws, and the summer visiting swallows diving in and out of a barn adjacent to the barn we are converting. And of course, many common garden and woodland birds. Today, we had a new visitor – who we believe is a female sparrow hawk.
We frequently see buzzards and other birds of prey soaring overhead and over the surrounding farmland. But today we heard a commotion among the corvids, who were circling around above out yard making a real racket. Soon thereafter, we looked outside and saw the image above.
She sat for a while sunning herself, and we snapped a few quick photos before she departed to get on with the job of controlling the resident pigeon population.