Tits are at their lowest ever numbers after a disastrous breeding season. In previous winters there would always be multiple Blue and Great Tits to see every time I looked out of the window. This year they just pop in. There are up to five Blue Tits and a max of only two Great Tits. Judging by feathers on the ground over the last week a Blue and a Great Tit have both fallen victim to (presumably) a Sparrowhawk and today I witnessed. The demise of a Blackbird at the talons of a 2cy female Sparrowhawk. A shame for the tits and Blackbird that have demised but I have seen few Sparrowhawks this winter and guess that their survival rate has also been low with so few tits to prey on.
Two Magpies and the occasional Crow devour bread when I put it out but a rare sight this morning was three Herring Gulls that vacuumed up everything in less than a minute.
|the brown plumage and large size (compared to Blackbird) show this to be a 2cy female Sparrowhawk (spurvehauk)|
|Herring Gulls (gråmåke) making short work of the bread I put out|