You can really get a fright! With their broad, stubby wings and long tail, Eurasian sparrowhawks fly low above the ground at a rapid speed. It is not unusual to see them flying low between the banks of a ditch in order to approach the prey unseen. People used to believe that cuckoos changed into sparrowhawks in the wintertime. Afterall, they look a lot alike, and sparrowhawks were only seen in the winter before they started nesting in the Netherlands and cuckoos in the summer.