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I got a pleasant surprise in the garden this evening.  I was checking my wasp trap (we have lots of wasps at the moment) when there was a frantic sound of wings flapping.  I looked up and there, not ten feet away on the lawn, was a sparrowhawk, a small bird clutched in its talons.

A brief second, a fierce stare from piercing eyes, and it was off, taking its prey with it.

It was hard luck on the poor sparrow, but great to have a sparrowhawk in the garden – and such a close view too.  I’ve been hoping to see one here for ages.


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