Late summer each year, a sparrowhawk becomes a frequent visitor here. The swallows and martins blithely chase the hawk chirruping loudly as they go, whilst at ground level the other birds disappear into the hedges in the blink of an eye whenever anything hawk-like flies by.
Today the hawk sat long enough to capture a picture of it (her, I think).
Lately the local birds have a different kind of terror to contend with too. One of my neighbours has built a ladder trap and is finding his perverse pleasure in capturing and battering to death a diverse range of larger garden birds: doves, jackdaws, blackbirds, magpies. Although his use of the trap is illegal and has been reported, unsurprisingly the law enforcement agencies have little or no interest in doing anything about it:(