Sightings of Sparrowhawks are seldom made at Wellington but often the tell-tale sign of a pile of feathers from their unfortunate lunch victim is the only clue they have been and fed, often on the feral pigeon population that live in the towers among the main buildings. A powerfully built bird of prey, they ambush their prey with a ruthless efficiency. Not much bigger than a pigeon, they are distinguished by their speckled chest, yellow beak and talons and a brown body. Several pairs nest in the woods around The Benson, Talbot and Beresford and opposite The Stanley.

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