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Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus): close examination of fallen bird.

Never before have I had the opportunity to examine a Sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus) in such detail after one was found dead in our local park. There were no obvious signs that it had been killed by illegal activity and so it must have been hit by a car or flew into a building or overhead cable.
Weighing approximately 160g I believe it to be a male; much smaller and lighter than I imagined after seeing one frequently fly through my garden - the same bird potentially. It will be sent to the Predatory Bird Monitoring Scheme where it can play its part in scientific research. As much as the investigative scientist in me wanted to dissect, label, catalog, and display this bird, I think this scheme will benefit more. They will send a full report on the bird to me after careful examination. I took a few photographs to remind me of this fantastic bird.

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