Like Chuck Norris, the Sparrowhawk is a species you dont go looking for because it finds you, well at least thats what another ginger bearded soul tells me. Yesterday there was proof of this when I noticed a huge orange barred male perched in the trees just above the fence line in my garden.
I have noticed white streaking on the back of some Sparrowhawks in the past, not sure if it is an age thing or not but yesterdays bird also had two white patches on the back of its head which gave it a menacing eyes on the back of its head look. As the Starling murmeration gathered over the school field the hawk flew off keeping low to the ground. It felt like an attack on the flock was imminent.