a BIG breakfast

To: "'COG List'" <>
Subject: a BIG breakfast
From: "Barbara Allan" <>
Date: Mon, 6 Jul 2009 20:36:02 +1000

Late this morning, a neighbour and the resident magpies alerted me to the presence of a raptor on the ground, devouring what turned out to be a Galah. Juvenile Collared Sparrowhawks turn up in my neck of the woods (Page) most years and have enjoyed, variously, House Sparrows, Crested Pigeon, starling and now a Galah. What surprises me – and perhaps the local raptor experts can enlighten me – all the young sparrowhawks which have visited have a varying number of whitish spots on their backs, a feature not mentioned in any field guide. Is it likely that this is an inherited characteristic and that they are all related? Today’s juvenile is perhaps the least spotty of any to date. A good start to the GBS year. b


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