Daily Archives: August 17, 2009

Devastation caused by one Sparrowhawk

Within the last few days our garden has been devastated by a Sparrowhawk.

I did manage to frighten it off one blackbird, but as each day has passed the blackbirds I have fed currants over the last four or so years have disappeared.

No dawn chorus,

red berries still on the Rowan tree – garden so still and quiet.

I haven’t seen the local Jay either. Sad but that is nature. The Sparrowhawk must move on to find more food and, hopefully, we will have new blackbirds next year

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I received the above sorry tale from a reader.

She says – it is nature, but the sparrowhawk does not have any natural predators.

I keep getting details of sparrowhawks killing songbirds. Surely sparrowhawk killings must account for some of the decline in garden birds that the RSPB is so concerned about.

If you are interested click the link below to read –

MY OPINION ON SPARROWHAWKS

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Please click the link below to read different opiniont from the RSPB and Songbird Survival on Sparrowhawks.

DIFFERENT OPINIONS FROM SONGBIRD SURVIVAL AND RSPB

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LINK TO SONG BIRD SURVIVAL

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One thing we can all do that will help and that is (if possible) plant a Hawthorn Hedge.  Sparrowhawks will not go inside a Hawthorn Hedge because of the thorny branches – they cannot risk getting their wing feathers torn

INFORMATION ABOUT HAWTHORN HEDGES

Another thing we can do is use caged feeders / covered feeders that keep large birds of prey away from garden birds when they are feeding.

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What is your opinion?