Thursday, 28 February 2013

Sparrowhawk - Accipiter Nisus

Date spotted: 28th Feb '13
Location: Zones 1,2+5 - Newton Park Lake
Observation: Sparrowhawk seen flying around with group of Buzzards (maybe feeding together). The Little Owl that got attacked by the Buzzard a few weeks back (Go back a few blog posts for story) was seen feeding and looked perfectly fine! Was one lucky Owl!
Was also the first on the Lake there has been Little Grebe (1 Male, 1 Female) couldn't find on return journey, could have got spooked and flown off.
Weather: Cloudy, Warm, Partly Sunny
Other Species: Blue Tit, Great Tit, Robin, Sparrowhawk, Little Owl, Chaffinch, Wren, Mute Swan, Mallard, Coot, Moorhen, Tufted Duck, Teal, Little Grebe, Grey Wagtail, 


  1. Hi, very much enjoying your blog and some great photos. NSL is on my patch as well and I visit quite regularly as I photograph birds as well. Just a question, where abouts is the Little Owl? Would very much like a life tick let alone a photo! Will keep in touch and let you know if I see anything. (Sky larks on the farmland in between NSL and Twerton camp site in the summer and quite a few green woodpeckers for example).

    Cheers for now

    Andy (

    1. Hi Andy,
      Thanks for the kind words about our blog, we started it just to keep record of the birds we have been spotting, but it has been helping a few people out so we carried on doing it!
      The Little Owl, do you know Newton Park Lake very well? If you do the bottom like (where the fishermen are) they Owls normally sit in the trees along the top of the hill, so you have the lake your right, on your left there are a set of trees, the pair sit along the middle ones, the odd shaped one is where the Female got attacked by the Buzzard so she normally sits there. They had 2 successful chicks last year, hoping for more this year! If the Jackdaws and Crows are hanging around search that tree, as the Owls get pestered by them!
      Please do report any sightings and photo's and we will upload them :)
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