A Young Greenfinch Remembered?



The Power of the Internet! In 2011 Ashley wrote the comment below.  In 2015 Darren replied.

2011 from Ashley  –  Sparrowhawk attacks – I’m hunting for ways to stop these attacks also. I’ve read all your posts here and I’m feeling a bit deflated, but will not rest until I find the right solution!

I’ll try not to bore you all – Yesterday I opened my patio door for the cat to go out and straight away a greenfinch landed on the ground, fluffed it’s feathers-up and went to sleep. Needless to say I shut the door and kept the cat in.

I watched the bird a while and it was very happy. A young one. It woke up a little bit later and had a swim, a drink and some food and then left. Today it came back. It was happily drinking from the bird bath. A big bird swooped in. Immediately I thought it was a clumsy wood pigeon.

Of course it turned out to be a sparrowhawk and as far as I can tell it got the young bird. The young one was so dopey it would be very unlikely to have got away. Such a waste of a happy little soul.

Like a previous said about the number of birds they used to have – we used to have 50+ tree sparrows every day, feeding, bathing and drinking. Amongst others like the tits and finches. Now we’re lucky to 10 of any variety.

I’m wondering if I just stop encouraging the birds to come to our garden for a while and stop feeding them …



I replied –

Hi Ashley,   It is a problem when sparrowhawks descend on a garden.  I think there are more around than there used to be.

I don’t know what to say about stopping feeding the garden birds for a while.  It would stop them visiting your garden and so save them from the attacks. But would the sparrowhawk attack them somewhere else?

What with cats, hawks and freezing winters where food is scarce – our garden birds do well to survive

Have you thought of this Hawk Deterrant Balloon.  Here is the link –

 We’d love to know how you get on with this problem. 


In  2015 Darren replied –

Sparrowhawk has to eat too! I regularly have a male and female sparrowhawk take birds and the numbers don’t deplete… They have now plummeted since they renovated the houses and removed bushes ect in the local area.. This removes nesting spaces etc. Could be something like that in your area.  Darren


Darren makes an interesting point.  Maybe it is a combination of both, but sparrowhawks are a problem.


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Because of the Internet another point of view had been aired and also a young greenfinch has been remembered.


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