On 27th October 2008, a Chinese Sparrowhawk (Accipiter soloensis) was spotted at Kent Ridge Park by KC Tsang, the first reported sighting of the season…
“This morning went for a walk with Amy, when we spotted this
Chinese SparrowHawk up an albizia tree (Paraserianthes falcataria). After taking a couple
of shots of the back, the bird hopped onto another branch to
give us the front view. This time the feathers on its back seems to be a bit different from
the one I had taken last year at Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve. It has got these white patches,
while the one at SBWR does not seem to have them.
The colour and size of the cere seems correct…”
This sparrowhawk is an uncommon winter visitor and passage migrant. Its presence is seen mainly from October to March. The earliest sighting is 28th September and the late sighting 22nd April.