Hurray! A sparrowhawk being chased away from a garden. Here is what happened. Thanks Bev for sending this.
From Bev –
Our feeding station is positioned near the shrubs and surrounded by the canes which seem to deter the sparrow hawk a lot of the time.
As the weather gets worse its not very easy to climb my garden to the higher level as its very steep and slippery, so I am encouraging the jays etc to come nearer the house and gradually they seem to be doing so.
I do this because I and my neighbour actually saw jackdaws and jays chasing off a hawk quite a few times last month . They also mobbed it so maybe they will actually help deter it for the smaller birds to eat in safety. Has anyone else heard of the same thing happening?
I saw them mob the resident tawny owl a few times this year but he comes back daily in the evening ok.
It seems to me that sparrow hawks are getting more determined here even though they aren’t always successful it doesn’t seem to put them of trying so all we bird lovers can do for our garden birds is persevere with our many deterrents!!
Any one else had similar problems ? It would be interesting to compare tactics! I have re positioned the balloon again today,so will see if it makes any difference !! Kind regards and a happy new year, Bev.
Hope the balloon does make a difference. I agree all anyone can do is try to deter the hawks so the garden birds can survive.
At the moment in my garden we don’t have any sparrowhawks, but I see them flying in the countryside.
Amazing that Jays and Jackdaws mobbed a sparrowhawk. It goes to show birds do think as a group (which I think we know anyway when we see them daily in the garden)
At the moment in the garden I’m lucky that pigeons are the only birds that try to grab the bird food
I am still using the canes stuck into the soil with some wire round as well. Get loads of birds in. Am also using a makeshift feeder from an upturned plastic tray and an ordinary ground feeder. I throw seed on the grass near a bush for the blackbirds that are waiting there on a morning.