I have been filling the dark winter hours with a major effort to enter all my life’s bird records onto my computerised database. There are many changes apparent over the decades, one of which is a reminder of how scarce Sparrowhawks [and other raptors] were in the 70’s-the result of toxic pesticides applied to crops in the 50’s and 60’s making their way into the bird’s food chain.
Now, Sparrowhawks can be seen anywhere-I saw one over Hastings town centre a couple of days ago while waiting for the bus. The one pictured was a surprise though
, sitting for a long time outside our kitchen window in Fairlight