I’m a bird­ing new­bie and have a ques­tion

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QI’m a rel­a­tive new­comer to birdwatching and a sub­scriber to your ex­cel­lent magazine. Could you ex­plain where Spar­rowhawks go dur­ing the breed­ing sea­son? I nor­mally see them on a fairly reg­u­lar ba­sis fly­ing fast over fences, houses etc, but I have no­ticed that from about March on­wards for a cou­ple of months or so they are vir­tu­ally ab­sent. Log­i­cally I would have thought there would be more sight­ings at this time of year given that they have chicks to feed. Guy, Coven­try

AYou’re right that, log­i­cally, you might ex­pect them to be more vis­i­ble dur­ing the pe­riod that they have chicks to feed, but in com­mon with the vast ma­jor­ity of bird species, they also be­come rather more shy and stealthy at the same time, be­cause both they and their young are vul­ner­a­ble at this time. In a species which is any­way a stealth, am­bush hunter, that can be sig­nif­i­cant.

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