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9 June 2013

Sparrowhawk nest

Sparrowhawk nest, Co. Kerry, 7th June 2013 (Video: J. Lusby & M.O'Clery).

While searching for Kestrel nests in Co. Kerry we were tipped off about a potential site. Turned out to be another rare find, a Sparrowhawk's nest with five eggs. We will return to this site to see how the chicks develop, though the incubation period is quite long in Sparrowhawks, 35 to 40 days being typical. 

(The nests are visited and filmed only under special licence from the Parks and Wildlife Service).