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Sparrowhawk question :) (1 Viewer)

Joe94

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United Kingdom
Hey all,

So I have just had a beautiful Sparrowhawk land on one of our garden fences, which was amazing to see & unfortunately I didn’t manage to swing the camera round quick enough before it flew off.

However it just got me wondering whether having one around would deter small birds from feedings (sparrows ect) & deter other birds being attracted to the feeders over the coming weeks?

I have read that although they can eat small birds, we should treat them visiting a garden as a good thing? We have daily hovering of Red Kyte‘s to & they don’t seem to deter them, but never had something large like that land as the Sparrowhawk did...

Im probably worrying about nothing, but just wanted to check because I’m now had a second visit from the blue tit too so hoping he might start feeding soon :) & in fact as iv just finished writing this, the sparrows have just come down to the feeder haha 😂 so I think I have answered my own questio! But still worth a reassurance :)

Thanks everyone, I’m really enjoying watching my new feeder station & this weekend am going to add some large pot plants around the bottom of the feeders to offer small birds some extra comfort :)
 

Scridifer

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Bulgaria
I can always tell when our local Sparrowhawk is around - the House Sparrows (usually c. 100) go crazy then fall silent! They certainly aren't discouraged from our feeders, nor the Tits etc.

HTH

Chris
 

Kits

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We get sparrowhawks visiting and the small birds usually all disappear for a short while until the sparrowhawk leaves. They soon return. The sparrowhawk tends to take woodpigeons in our garden.
 

Joe94

Well-known member
United Kingdom
I can always tell when our local Sparrowhawk is around - the House Sparrows (usually c. 100) go crazy then fall silent! They certainly aren't discouraged from our feeders, nor the Tits etc.

HTH

Chris
Ahh brilliant news :) It was lovely to see it though :)

Thank you
 

Joe94

Well-known member
United Kingdom
We get sparrowhawks visiting and the small birds usually all disappear for a short while until the sparrowhawk leaves. They soon return. The sparrowhawk tends to take woodpigeons in our garden.
Ahh thank you for the reassurance :)
 

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