Sparrowhawk spotted in Plumstead

Sparrowhawk spotted in Plumstead

As far as wildlife goes, we’re more used to foxes going through our bins here in the Maritime Radio patch!

But earlier in the week, a couple from Plumstead spotted a sparrowhawk using their bird feeder!

Teacher Josie Bell told the Newshopper there was a flurry of activity in the garden.  “There were about 10 or 11 sparrows at the feeding station at the back of the garden and they were chirping, basically like people would do if something was happening.
“We looked outside and we saw its tail feathers, and it swooped through the garden.

“It came round and landed on the parasol, so we jumped up to have a look and we saw its head just chucking feathers around. The poor sparrow didn’t have a chance.”

Ian Hayward, from the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) said, “As woodlands decline they’re increasingly being seen in gardens.”

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Picture courtesy of Josie Bell and Keith Hawkins