Monday 26th NovemberThe Sparrowhawk
Posted by pete marsh
Is this bird ringed? There can't be that many Irish, Welsh or Scottish natal birds that aren't I would have thought. Certainly all the ones in S Ceredigion and N Pembs that can be accessed are. Are there more than 500 pairs in the entire British Isles? Watching the Ceredigion birds I sometimes wonder how many are missed, mistaken as jackdaws in the small coastal fields.
Favoured area is cSD413617 which is the south west corner of the horse fields on the north side of Knowlys Road alongside the footpath to the shore. However, it can get on to nearby rooftops and also into the small field to the west on the other side of the hedge along the footpath. Present to at least late afternoon. Snapper-friendly!
Re chough - not sure that snappers and birders hanging about by the footpath signpost is such a good idea. Saw it circle the field and not land twice today when people were camped out there - it's favoured feeding area. Once it has landed and started feeding it's not so bothered and can be approached quite closely. It's not bothered by dog walkers etc who are on the move. Thanks
Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 30/11/2017 01:59PM by pete marsh.
The idea that this might be the same bird as the Fylde individual from late March this year has crossed a few minds and I've had a good look at my photos of both birds and it's very hard to draw any conclusions. The Heysham bird does have some noticeable pale marks over the left eye but unfortunately I only have right profile of the Fylde bird.
A stray from IOM or Anglesey is most likely I guess.
I was the only observer this afternoon by 3.05 when 2 crows persistently mobbed it, chasing it towards Heysham village over the sea when I lost sight of it in the late, low sun.
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