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


One response to “Sparrowhawks

  1. Yes.. it certainly is great to see this little majestic hawk back in good numbers again , i had one daily for about two weeks recently..often raiding the goldfinches i had feeding on the niger seed feeder stations in my garden at Fairlight …same bird maybe? mick

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