Hi Trish, Its been a while since I wrote so thought I would let you know our news on sparrow hawks and crows!!
I haven’t seen as yet a crow on our garden chasing or indeed eating a song bird but I’m sure things like that happen as Tina wrote in this previous comment.
As you are aware from my past posts we have a major sparrow hawk problem on our garden. I have in fact had a visit for the last few weeks by crows, joining our jackdaws and jays. This has lead I believe to the two sparrow hawks going hunting across the river on two of my neighbours gardens as if it comes here the crows and jackdaws mob and chase it every time!
This leaves the small birds to eat in relative peace if they are around. On the odd accession they aren’t around the sparrow hawk tries its luck but I have made it more difficult for it.
We bought two ground feeder cages as we have a huge amount of birds so needed more than one. To entice them in we put live mealworms as nothing else seemed to get the blackbirds in! Well its worked and the blackbirds bring their young too and they all sit inside eating .At first I left a door off till they got used to it but have replaced it now and they hop in happily.
Even the small birds love it especially the bullfinches which I find amazing as the seed they eat is sunflower seed hearts on a feeder normally but they are happy to enter a ground cage to eat them from the tray on the floor.
The crows and jackdaws I feed up the garden in a big tray and they love it they eat everything and seem to leave the small birds in peace. The magpies eat there too but they are a bit of a nuisance but the two mallards that have taken up residence on our garden keep them in check from time to time.
Yesterday I saw the sparrow hawk swoop towards the hanging feeder pole but missed because the ten foot garden canes we put around confused it. Then two crows feeding at the same time up the garden,took off after it and it was amazing to see, they flew out of view so I don’t know what happened. In the ground feeder below was a little great tit stood motionless for a good few minutes till he suddenly decided he was safe and carried on eating !So I feel the ground feeders are a success.