We have received notice of 2 Sparrowhawks recovered in different areas of South Yorkshire, both birds were found dead.
We would like to thank the finders for reporting these birds, more details of what to do if you find a ringed bird or a dead bird of prey can be found here
EL61816 – Female Sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus) ringed July 3rd 2008, 1 of a brood of 5 from a site 6 km from the reported finding location where she was found dead on March the 1st 2012.
EL61658 – Female Sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus) ringed July 3rd 2005, 1 of a brood of 3 from a site 45km from the reported finding location where she was found dead on the February 20th 2012.
Some interesting Sparrowhawk facts from BTO Birdfacts website
BTO bird facts gives typical lifespan of 4 years for this species (although the oldest is recorded as 17 years, unfortunately killed by a car)
|EF80696||Nestling Female||28-07-1982||Micheldever: (Hampshire)|
|Freshly dead (hit by car)||08-09-1999||Pennington, Lymington: (Hampshire) 48km SSW 17y 1m 11d (Map)|
The furthest known distance recorded for a Sparrowhawk listed in the UK ringing scheme is
|DN67883||Adult Male||16-10-1995||Faversham: (Kent)|
|Caught by ringer||26-05-1996||Fair Isle: (Fair Isle) 926km N 0y 7m 10d (Map)|