Welcome to spring in Warsaw!
Just when you thought it was safe to put all those snow moving tools back in the garage, you wake up on the 5th day of spring to find this:
The only saving grace of this morning was spotting what I’m fairly sure was a female Sparrowhawk Accipiter nisus (Krogulec).
My first impression was of a Kestrel but this was not hovering over an open field, it was being extremely nimble between trees close to our entrance door. It shot from one tree to another, appeared to grab something off a branch and then did a very tight U-turn and shot off again. It was fairly large for a Sparrowhawk but the females are larger anyway. I didn’t see anything large in its beak as it passed me so I think the red squirrel and other birds were unharmed. Maybe it tried for a smaller bird and missed, there were a few of them around this morning enjoying the refilled peanut feeder.