SPARROWHAWK DROPS IN TO SAY THANKS FOR FEEDING THE SPARROWS! – FOURTH WEEK IN APRIL 2012

Female sparrowhawk (accipiter nisus) taking a break from hunting to do some manwatching.

After clearing weeds, it is not unusual for a robin, a blackbird, song thrush or some starlings or sparrows to arrive for a feed when they see upturned soil. Bird food in the form of insects and worms attracts garden birds as readily as the peanut or sunflower seed feeders hanging from the birdtable. However the other day a very unusual visitor caused a panic among the small birds when it landed on one of the rowan trees in the front garden.

A very imposing and self-confident sparrowhawk was in no hurry to move on from my small 20 by 30 foot front garden. I had time to get my camera, go to an upstairs window and take a few snaps of this imposing bird of prey below in the rowan tree outside. It seemed the sparrowhawk was studying me as much as I was observing her. Meanwhile, all the sparrows and other small birds made themselves scarce. Only when a neighbour’s car pulled in to the driveway next door did this acrobat of the air blithely take off. With all the young fledgling garden birds starting to leave their nests, this is probably the easiest time of year to get a meal if you are a sparrowhawk, so plenty of time for this beautiful bird of prey to hang out a do a bit of manwatching.

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3 responses to this post.

  1. I loved seeing these photos Trevor and congratulations on the new book (I loved the signing that you did and really your drawing makes the book so engaging). I have also just done a small clip called ‘observe/r’ which you might enjoy, from the smallest close-to-nature forest in ireland, not quite a sparrowhawk 😉 though http://ecoartfilm.com/page/2/

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    • Posted by Trevor Sargent on May 24, 2012 at 5:12 pm

      Thanks Cathy,
      Great to meet you in Kilkenny. I am chuffed you like the book. Motivation to become food resiliant is so important … fine weather and bit of time are a great help of course too. Thanks for encouraging others to pick up the book. I loved the Transformation film you made. The flight of the bird seamlessly became the eyes and ears of the camera. Great camera work.
      See you at the next event, meamnwhile ‘slán go fóill’. Trevor

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      • Thanks so much Trevor and for the comment on the Transformation film – that’s what I was trying to achieve but couldn’t quite put into words

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