I was in Manchester for the long weekend. Eccles may not be the most salubrious of places, but I like it. It is famous for its cakes, though not for its wildlife (unless you count the squat dogs with muzzles paraded by the shaven headed).
However, our back yard is now a haven for townie birds since a monster bird feeder was installed. This afternoon they scattered more quickly than they usually do when someone walks by and the magpies sounded a raucous alarm. The pigeons that feed on the bits the sparrows discard really took off and one crashed into the window before flying off unharmed. Then we heard some flapping under the window, looked out and saw the reason for the mass panic. A female sparrowhawk had taken a pigeon and was eating its prey. This photo was taken very quietly through the kitchen window.