Sparrowhawks are a nightmare in the garden.
We had 6 pairs of blackbirds and the sparrowhawk had the lot, plus a pair of thrushes.
We also had 22 collared doves and it had everyone. when it had cleared the garden out it just leaves – to find another garden to decimate.
We have tried to grow things round the bird table and put obsticles up so the sparrowhawk cannot just swoop in and take feeding birds. These vandals have to be checked
I received the above comment from Sally at Top Veg. I asked two different organisations and received two very different replies
It is most distressing for bird lovers who try to help song birds. Our charity is fighting the entrenched view of the conservation establishment that everything finds its own balance – this in our managed environment is nonsense.
Our research with the BTO and the University of Reading is aimed to show up the real dangers of uncontrolled predation.
The reply above is from SONGBIRD SURVIVAL
The sparrowhawk issue is one that many people with bird tables find hard. Sparrowhawks were decimated in the 1960 with farm chemicals and following the banning of these they started to recover. There is now a healthy population and anywhere that their food congregates they will feed.
I am not suggesting we should not feed the birds and enjoy watching them, just that we have to accept that predator birds eat others.
The above comment is from ROYAL SOCIETY FOR THE PROTECTION OF BIRDS
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The other day my knee hurt. Today my ankle hurts. My back hurts as well.
One day, some time in the future I will be too ill and old to put bird food out.
Different generations of birds will keep on coming to my bird feeders – if there is bird food there.
I have seen two young birds on a fence near the bird table. I suppose next year those same ‘fledglings’ will be brining their young to my bird tables. And so it will go on.
I’m writing this sitting at a window that looks onto one of the bird tables.
Whoever lives here after me won’t continue my daily routine of bird feeding and putting out a variety of food such as peanut granules, black sunflower seed, grated cheese, sliced apple, bird food mixes etc.
So one day this will come to an end. What will my feathered friends do then?
Fly off to the next birdtable I expect!
They will survive and that’s all ther matters.