Of the Cape Peninsula

Contact details

Should you see a ringed bird please contact:

Ann Koeslag

021 7625347

email: annkoeslag@yahoo.com          Please use “Black Sparrowhawk” in the subject line so that I can find it quickly.


Sharon Yodaiken



6 responses

  1. Johan

    Nice tone and colour scheme to your site.

    October 1, 2011 at 11:13 am

  2. Paddy Walker

    Ringing the three chicks in The Glen was a very special experience both from getting up close and personal with the chicks after months of ‘nest watching’ and to see the ringing team in action. Highly recommend adopting a nesting site. Thanks Ann. Paddy

    October 17, 2011 at 12:50 pm

    • Ann

      Hi Paddy,
      It is a special experience to watch a nest from the start to the finish of the breeding season. I would really like more people to do it. Getting to know the birds is not only exciting but quite humbling when you see the sort of weather they have protect their eggs and chicks against. Add geese and crows to the mix and you have to admire their tenacity and dedication.

      October 17, 2011 at 1:26 pm

  3. Brett

    Hi there , thanks for this site , I have seen one of these guys twice in my garden , yesterday evening at 5.30 ish all my garden birds flew off in a panic – hitting the walls etc , and he landed in a tree in my garden . He/she ? was approx 50 cm tall , as described on this site , but only the top of the chest area was white and flecked . I watched him with binocs for about 3 or 4 minutes , as he scanned the garden for prey . Just as quickly as he arrived – he disappeared over the trees . For your interest – I live in a townhouse right next to Rietvlei Wetland Reserve in Milnerton Ridge . Regards , Brett

    October 26, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    • Ann

      Hi Brett, thanks for your sighting. Sounds like a male to me. I take it that you didn’t see any rings? Cheers, Ann

      November 13, 2012 at 5:33 am

  4. Brian

    Came across one feeding on something on the field opposite my house. Filmed it with my phone for a few minutes until he/she flew off. The bird was black on top and side with a white throat, chest and underneath. Unfortunately it took off rather faster than I expected so never got a look under the wings.


    Regards Brian

    September 16, 2015 at 6:26 pm

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