I had assumed based on size that the hunting hawk was a Sparrowhawk but 5 minutes later i had a perched young Goshawk (hønsehauk). Clearly a Goshawk on plumage and proportions whilst perched it then flew and looked remarkably small and Sparrowhawk like so I'll pass over on the identity of the first hawk.
|1cy male Goshawk. Aged due to the vertical stripes on the underparts and brown plumage. Sexed on (small) size|
The rest of the bird scene was made up of the usual suspects: a couple of Hawfinches and Chaffinches, Nuthatch, Treecreeper and 20 or so Fieldfares. The Blackbirds in the park are very used to people and I have noticed before that a couple are ringed. I got to see one very well today and could see it was Norwegian ringed. I have never seen anyone report ringing activities from the gardens but there are ringers out there who unfortunately only report to the ringing authority and with the close proximity of the Natural History Museum and staff who undoubtedly have ringing licences I assume that the bird is actually ringed in the gardens.
I have, after posting these pictures, been told that a Norwegian ring used on a Blackbird would have 7 digits beginning with a 7. Well that means that my reading of 8 digits is wrong. Well, looking again I reckon it must be 7251520 with the 4 I thought I could see just a figment of my imagination. I'll report it and see if I get any more information.