Two magic moments in one week!
Sitting quietly in the bush to the north of Fence Track watching a pair of Scarlet Robins going about their business, when out of the corner of my eye a large bird alighted on a nearby branch. Largely obscured, the shape and colour suggested a Pallid Cuckoo – the first birds arrived a few days back – but when it moved perches its identity was confirmed … a Collared Sparrowhawk. These small woodland raptors are bird hunters of the highest order, often using a sit-and-wait strategy when stalking small birds.
The response of the Scarlet Robin was swift, adopting an unusual frozen pose, with its back to the raptor. After a couple of minutes the sparrowhawk departed, and the robin resumed foraging. Nature is as nature does … but I was glad not to witness a catch!