Friday, 31 December 2010

Friday at the Flicks - Blackbirds, Sparrowhawk

It's hard to remember that it is less than a week since the ground was covered in snow when I put out some sliced apple for the Blackbirds.

I have only seen the Blackbird with white head feathers once so I was lucky to be able to take some video of it.

For the first time I managed to take a short piece of video of a Sparrowhawk blending in as it sat in one of next door's old apple trees. Gerry Gutteridge, who is moderator of the All Things Sparrowhawk group on Flickr, told me it was probably wiping it beak having just eaten.

 Well, that's it for another year. It just remains for me to wish you all a very Happy New Year for 2011.

My thanks to all who have visited during 2010. I hope to continue to see you here and on your own blogs through the coming year.


  1. Excellent videos John.
    All the best to you and Bobby for 2011.
    I look forward to plenty more videos in the coming year.

  2. You have a lovely selection of 'live food' for that sparrowhawk to enjoy in your garden! Something for everyone! Happy 2011 !

  3. Happy 2011 John.....The Sparrow hawk is a beauty. Nice bit of work with the card.

  4. Congratulations on all of these special videos! Perfect way to bring in the New Year! All the best in 2011!

  5. Happy New Year to you as well, John. Great videos. I wonder if that blackbird with the white knows that it looks different thatn the others? Nice to see the sparrowhawk so well.


  6. Thank-you John, and a very Happy New Year to you too. Nice video :-D

    Friday at the Flicks is a great way to end the year. Great to see the Blackbirds enjoying apple. Great capture of the Sparrowhawk too – you must have been wondering what was coming next there.

    Delighted to see you have a partial albino visiting too. We do notice more sightings over winter. I’ve observed they are a tad on the shy side and capturing photos and video can be tricky but once they get comfortable with the garden and its visitors they do get braver. I hope this one stays a while.

    Wishing you lots of bird and wildlife sightings in 2011 :-D

  7. Some great video footage - seems as though the Sparrow Hawks are on the rampage with the cold weather!:-) Very Happy New Year Miranda

  8. Whoops - missed answering these. Thank you all for your good wishes and I hope you new year is starting as you would wish.


Thank you for visiting. Hope you enjoyed the pictures. Any comment, or correction to any information or identification I get wrong, is most welcome. John

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