We were just about to serve lunch when I noticed this sparrowhawk lurking in our (dead) ceanothus bush. This bush is a favourite haunt of many visitors to the garden so I was not keen on it staying so close to our bird feeding station.
I tried to creep outside to get a better view but it was off as soon as I opened the door much to the discomfort of a couple of pigeons.
The pink breast and bluey/grey back indicate that our invader is a male.
The female is more monochrome and, as is usual with birds of prey,
she is somewhat bigger.