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(Eurasian) Sparrowhawk
Accipter nisus

Usually a bird of woodlands, it can be found in parks and occasionally gardens, where this one was seen. This is a female, which can be told by the larger body and grey breast (males are smaller with rufous breasts). Their usual prey is small birds, but this one had downed a Wood Pigeon in a friendís garden and was eating what it could in order to lighten the load of carrying it away.

(Eurasian) Sparrowhawk  (Eurasian) Sparrowhawk

(Eurasian) Sparrowhawkh

1-3: Frogmore, Hampshire, 11/2005.