Rosie looked out of the landing window and said "What's That?" Oh, its just a juvenile Goshawk sitting on our fence. We stood and watched the bird for a while as it cleaned its feathers and looked around for lunch. The only birds in sight were pigeons and magpies. They were just too challenging for a young hawk. This is the third time in a week that I have seen this bird.
The hawk sat for quite a while and allowed me to take a leisurely few photographs.
Goshawks do tend to be a little variable in their colouring, but the size (bigger than a sparrow-hawk) and that distinctive pale flash over the eyes gives them away. I would love to see this bird when it has its sleeker and paler adult plumage. This hawk is attracted by the abundance of sparrows in our hedges, but the little birds are wise to its presence and fast to disappear. They will even scatter at the sight of a magpie flying past - quite a strong survival instinct. We have not yet seen any sparrow remains in the garden.