Wildlife in my local patch

Hampshire UK

Goshawk seen over my garden!

Yesterday whilst in my garden I heard all the small garden birds suddenly break out in alarm calls and then the pigeons shot from the tops of the trees where they had been roosting.

Looking up, I was amazed to see a goshawk fly over my garden. It was massive (probably a female) it didn’t flap once whilst overhead, it just glided across at incredible speed.

Luckily I wasn’t the only one to see it. ┬áThere were several of us in the garden as it was Mother’s Day and my uncle who is a very experienced birder verified that it was indeed a goshawk.

It was all over in seconds as it headed from the woods opposite towards what we now call Goshawk wood (where I have previously found evidence of a goshawk plucking post. See post). We are now forever looking up in the hope of seeing it again!

Here’s a similar view of a goshawk. Of course I didn’t have my camera with me when ours flew over so I was unable to take a picture so this brilliant photo was taken by Lewis Thomson.


Image thanks to Lewis Thomson


Author: Jackson

Jackson is a young person with an active interest in natural history. He has been asked to be a Local Patch Reporter, writing a regular nature blog about the wildlife in his area for BBC Wildlife Magazine.

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