Very sad to have to say that last week, I saw a male sparrowhawk sitting in one of the hanging baskets below this deterrent. I dont know if this is going to be a regular occurrence but has really upset me at the thought of what the Summer maybe like when the baby birds are hatching. I daresay the Dazer people will say it is because it wasnt rigged up high enough on a line, so I dont know what to do now. I might still go for the poles and line and perhaps add another balloon to it, this will be difficult and the poles could prove expensive. I will still investigate further other devices and also hang up some cd’s as was suggested.
Hi Elaine, Sorry I have not replied before. What a shame the sparrowhawk is back. I hope it does not come all the time to your garden. And after you have taken so much time as well. Sparrowhawks can decimate a garden. You are not alone with this problem.
I think I have said that some people say poles set out in a garden stop the line of flight of a sparrowhawk. Also prickly hedges stop sparrowhawks. Could you put the bird food inside a prickly hedge – such as hawthorne.
Take a look at this website – Songbird Survival – http://www.songbird-survival.org.uk/ are trying to protect our songbirds and on the website it says
‘That populations of many predators have increased in the last 20 years or so is not in dispute. The reasons for the increase are not always clear-cut. For instance, some are protected by legislation, others are not. While some, such as the sparrowhawk occur widely over the UK others are more localised.
The sparrowhawk, magpie and fox have quickly become less wary of man and continue moving into the urban environment, badgers are expanding their range and beginning to colonise urban locations while mink remain in rural areas.’
Song Bird Survival are doing a lot of good research and trying to help song birds in the long term. I have joined and hope they keep going for years to come.
Maybe the answer for you is to feed inside a caged feeder.
I have stuck some 5 ft canes in the ground in a circle and I put bird food in that. Is that an idea?
Let me know what is happening with this sparrowhark. I would put a photograph on of these canes, but I have lost the charger for my camera.
A few years ago I heard of someone in York who had to stop putting bird food out because the sparrowhawk killed the birds as they were on the bird table. There was always blood on the birdtable. Other people are having the same problems as you and it is so difficult to find an answer.
Let me know how you get on.
This is in reply to this previous article – A BRILIANT WAY TO KEEP SPARROWHAWKS AWAY