Monday, 3 October 2011

Sparrowhawk and its favoured prey

Local patch: managed to see some migrating Woodpigeons this morning. A flock of 63 birds flew west at 9.48 am, along the karstic ridge (see pics below). Also of interest was the female Sparrowhawk making some incursions into the gardens...and being repeteadly mobbed by Hoodies (see pics above). Not much else: 1 Chiffchaff, Robins everywhere, calling Short-toed Treecreeper, 4 Blackcaps, 1 Garden Warbler, singing Cirl Bunting, 1 Buzzard, gang of Long-tailed Tits, Nuthatch and 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker on a walnut-tree in the garden (his favoured tree actually). Also seen what was perhaps a passage of Tree Pipits over the karstic ridge - small, long-tailed dots, passing by (almost constantly). Too far for sure ID.