From never having really seen one, I spent quite a bit of time watching one of the Sparrowhawk juveniles for well over an hour on Saturday.
It spent a lot of time at the top of a tree just sitting around, preening and being silent. I was surprised it was on its own after hearing all the raucous calling during the week, but seeing one was better than none.
|Juvenile Sparrowhawk, UCD - July 28 2012|
|Sparrowhawk, UCD. Supercilium over the eye, together with brownish plumage means this is a juvenile. A supercilium with grey plumage would be an adult female, and no supercilium with rufous cheek and breast would be an adult male.|
|This juvenile is independently hunting already.|
After hanging out watching the Sparrowhawk, I wandered over to the main lake to see if I could manage a photo of the Tufted duck chicks.
|Tufted Duck chick, 3ish weeks old, main lake, ucd, July 28 2012.|
|Tufted duck chick, main lake, ucd|
|Tufted duck chick, ucd main lake.|
|Mother Tufted looks on.|
|One of two adult Herring gulls always around the main ucd lake.|
|If you had this looking at you whilst eating your sarnie at the lake, wouldn't you throw it some crumbs? With that glare I'd offer my whole lunch.|
The Black headed gull numbers were up to 55 by the main lake.
All of them in different stages of summer/ winter plumage.
I never remember if they grow white head feathers for winter, or lose their black head feathers from summer.
They lose their black head feathers from summer, I just looked it up.
|Black headed gull with its summer breeding plumage.|
|A little scratch|
|And all the brown feathers have fallen out. Black headed gull moulting into winter plumage.|
|Moorhen chick, main lake ucd. I think about 3 months old, born on the island in the main lake.|
|Yes, well done you Papa Moorhen.|
|Juvenile Jackdaw, ucd - Some mothers do ave em.|
I know it could be considered a bit sad going into your workplace on a weekend, but that doesn't dawn on me.
With so much birdlife going on, it's relaxing to spend 'proper' time around the ucd woodlands instead of bombing it around, fitting in what I can during breaktimes.