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Re: Bird of prey in my garden this morning

Super picture.

Is it eating the pigeon in this picture?

Re: Bird of prey in my garden this morning

It is standing on the feathers and was still feeding when the photo was taken. It flew off when I tried to video but then returned later to finish the meal. Unfortunately I had to take the pic from quite far away using zoom so not as clear as I'd have liked.

I thought it was a peregrine falcon as they have been spotted in the area and breed in London. There are no spottings of sparrow hawks, but maybe they look so similar that it's hard to tell.

Re: Bird of prey in my garden this morning

How close are you to Sutton?
http://www.sutton.gov.uk/environment/sncv/The Warren.htm

The two are similar; the Peregrin is larger (duck-sized)and the Sparrow Hawk is smaller (big pigeon-sized).

The sparrow hawk female has the white brow.

Re: Bird of prey in my garden this morning

Croydon is about 20 miles away which I guess isn't far in bird miles. Most of the pictures I've seen of sparrowhawks look a bit weedy compared to the bird I saw. It was definitely bigger than a pigeon. It was quite wide and chunky. But then the eyes and the white markings do point to a sparrow hawk. Falcons have dark eyes and this one's eyes look yellow. If it's a sparrow hawk then it's a much rarer sighting in this neck of the woods. I wonder if I should report it to the rspb....

Re: Bird of prey in my garden this morning

Or it could have been a goshawk.....there has been one seen in surbiton in July.

Re: Bird of prey in my garden this morning

The only exciting bird I ever saw in Banstead (I lived near Croydon) was the late, lamented Concorde that flew over my house at altitude every Friday afternoon.
Fancy, something like that happening in Surbiton, centre of all banality. "Come friendly bombs, rain on Surbiton!"