Sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus)
Species
Sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus). Male. Taken at Abingdon, Oxon., on November 10th 2017.
Male. Taken at Abingdon, Oxon., on November 10th 2017.
(1/640th sec at f14. Click image for larger version. © David Hastings)

Description

L: 29 - 34cm, WS: 58 - 65cm (♂) L: 35 - 41cm, WS: 67 - 80cm (♀)

Sparrowhawks are small birds of prey. Adult males have bluish-grey backs and wings and orangey-brown bars on their chest and belly. Females and juveniles have brown backs and wings, and brown bars underneath. Sparrowhawks have bright yellow or orange eyes, long, yellow legs and long talons. Females are up to 25% larger than males.

They are widely distributed throughout the British Isles and in most of Europe.

They are commonly found in forests and woods, as well as in parks and gardens. Nests are made high up in fir trees.

Sparrowhawks are ambush predators, and fly fast and low among trees, bushes and buildings to flush out small birds.

The Sparrowhawk has Green status on the UK list. There are around 35000 breeding pairs in the UK.

Sightings

16-Nov-2018 : Extremadura, Spain (1)
14-Nov-2018 : Extremadura, Spain (1)
13-Nov-2018 : Extremadura, Spain (1)
03-Nov-2018 : Garden, Abingdon, Oxon (1)
04-May-2018 : Cors y Llyn NNR, Powys (1)
28-Apr-2018 : Garden, Abingdon, Oxon (1)
21-Mar-2018 : Abingdon (NE), Oxon (1)
06-Mar-2018 : Baulking, Oxon (1)
25-Jan-2018 : Abingdon (NE), Oxon (1)
17-Jan-2018 : Standlake Common, Oxon (1)
15-Jan-2018 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (1)
03-Jan-2018 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (1)

30-Nov-2017 : Abingdon (NE), Oxon (1)
27-Nov-2017 : Garden, Abingdon, Oxon (1)
26-Nov-2017 : Hitchcopse Pit, Oxon (1)
10-Nov-2017 : Abingdon (NE), Oxon (1)
01-Nov-2017 : Standlake Common, Oxon (1)
14-Oct-2017 : Garden, Abingdon, Oxon (1)
25-Sep-2017 : Abingdon (NE), Oxon (1)
14-Sep-2017 : Garden, Abingdon, Oxon (1)
13-Sep-2017 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (1)
29-Aug-2017 : Lollingdon Hill, Oxon (1)
24-Aug-2017 : Pewsey Downs NNR, Wilts (1)
13-Aug-2017 : West Walton, Norfolk (2)
13-Apr-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
06-Apr-2017 : Abingdon (NE), Oxon (1)
04-Feb-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)

28-Dec-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
11-Dec-2016 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
13-Nov-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
07-Nov-2016 : Cueva del Moro, Spain (1)
03-Nov-2016 : Los Riscos, Spain (1)
03-Nov-2016 : Embalse de Montejaque, Spain (1)
23-Oct-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
30-Jul-2016 : Aston Rowant NNR, Oxon (1)
16-Jul-2016 : Crookham Common, Berks (1)
18-Jun-2016 : Abingdon (NE), Oxon (1)
17-Apr-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (2)
28-Mar-2016 : Barton Fields, Abingdon, Oxon (1)
25-Mar-2016 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
13-Mar-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
14-Feb-2016 : Abingdon (NE), Oxon (1)
09-Jan-2016 : Lower Radley, Oxon (1)

28-Dec-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
20-Dec-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (1f)
28-Nov-2015 : Garden, Abingdon, Oxon (1)
08-Nov-2015 : Garden, Abingdon, Oxon (1)
23-Oct-2015 : Holkham NNR, Norfolk (1)
20-Oct-2015 : Garden, Abingdon, Oxon (1)
22-Aug-2015 : Yeosden Bank, Bucks (1)
22-Aug-2015 : Aston Rowant NNR, Oxon (1)
22-Jul-2015 : Kresna Gorge, Bulgaria (1)
17-Jan-2015 : Thrupp Lane, Radley, Oxon (1)
10-Jan-2015 : Lower Radley, Oxon (1)

21-Sep-2014 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
31-Aug-2014 : Garden, Abingdon, Oxon (1)
24-Aug-2014 : Allotment, Abingdon, Oxon (1)
30-Jul-2014 : Challan Hall, Lancashire (1)
25-Jun-2014 : Rupite Hot Springs, Bulgaria
05-May-2014 : Tregaron Bog, Ceredigion (1)