Saturday, October 13, 2012
Talon contest winner...?
Now that autumn is well under way and there's frost on the roof every morning there has been an influx of small birds into the garden - various tits, goldfinches, greenfinches and the like. So this afternoon I cleaned the bird tables and feeders and bought some wild bird food, in preparation for the winter garden bird season.
It turns out that I wasn't the only one anticipating the arrivals on the bird table.....
This beautiful visitor from higher up the food chain appeared on the garden fence.
I've never really had a good look at a sparrowhawk's talons before, but take a look at that amazing extended middle toe.
When I was at school I had a chemistry master who had an index finger like that, which he used to single out hapless pupils that he fired questions at....