If you can't beat them...

By Jerra

Infrequent visitor.

This morning I spotted the Red Squirrel making a visit to the feeder by way of the bird bath for a drink.  Grabbing the camera I got a few shots before it decided to move on.  The bird feeding station was quite busy so I stayed sitting at the window counting numbers of each species, for my BTO Garden BirdWatch.  

The feeders went quiet not a bird in sight but I stayed seated.  Suddenly there was a brown streak which shot over  the feeders, did a sharp turn and flew to the squirrel feeder.  As you can see it was a male Sparrowhawk ( Accipiter nisus  ).  The small birds must have somehow known it was in the area.  A few minutes after it left they all returned.

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