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Sparrow Hawk

Apr 12, 2013
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Just had the Sparrow Hawk visit the bird feeder
I suppose he has to eat, although not successful this time.
Does anyone know a way of deterring them.
Couldn't get the link to work , sorry.
Thanks
 
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The words sparrow hawk were a hyperlink when I originally clicked it....no advert In post.

If that’s a sparrow hawk he’s let out of that box......It’s very small.
 
Jun 30, 2011
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I would never deter a Sparrowhawk from your garden, to me it's a bit like saying how do I deter a Blackbird from eating a worm.
Nature at its best, we get all sorts of killings going off in our garden, Owls killing rodents, Kestrels killing Mice/Voles, Stoats killing Rabbits, Hedgehogs killing Slugs, Adders killing frogs etc etc and so on.

It's all part of the cycle. Think yourself lucky you have a lovely Sparrowhawk in the area which in turn means a healthy population of small birds. One inevitably leads to the other.
 
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A Sparrowhawk went through our garden yesterday, only managed a quick snack.

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Mar 10, 2012
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Sparrowhawks are hedgerow ambush hunters (i used to fly and hunt with them many years ago) If your bird feeder/table is placed close to a fence/hedge line then it suits their attack style, think of them as an F18 on full throttle coming in low and then jinxing up/around what ever was hiding them from sight. Ideally place your feeder/table in an open space which gives them less chance of a surprise attack although that'll probably just mean they adopt another garden as a hunting ground, they will actually often garden hop just to see what's not paying attention.....

Well done for spotting it.
 

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A sparrow hawk bounced off my head a few days ago! I was outside the van bending over the laundry when I heard a squawking noise and as I stood up a small bird flew into the large bush next to the van followed by another bird clipping my hat. There was a commotion in the bush then the sparrow hawk exited and flew off. Seen it about a couple of times since then though it hasn't assaulted me again :giggle:.

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Jul 29, 2013
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Quite a good idea to site feeders so that there is not clear line of site to them that way Sparrowhawk will not be able to fly in quickly and ambush birds.
We have Sparrow hawks cruising around most days but they usually have to perch somewhere to asses their chances so not many fatalities on our feeders.😊😊
 
Jul 29, 2013
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This thread made me look for this picture I took a year or so ago, It was sat on the fence in the garden, it also wasn’t as shocked or startled as I was when I noticed it.

Is it a sparrow hawk or kestrel?

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Sparrowhawk nice photo👍😊

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A sparrow hawk bounced off my head a few days ago! I was outside the van bending over the laundry when I heard a squawking noise and as I stood up a small bird flew into the large bush next to the van followed by another bird clipping my hat. There was a commotion in the bush then the sparrow hawk exited and flew off. Seen it about a couple of times since then though it hasn't assaulted me again :giggle:.
Same thing happened to me years ago, just stopped for a break and sat in a chair on the patio, as I stood up sparrow hawk skimmed my head and shot into the bushes in front of me, problem was there was a brick wall right behind the bushes, sparrow hawk appeared, groggily, shook it’s head and flew off.
 
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Jul 29, 2013
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Actually had one fly inside our conservatory a few years ago the doors were wide open, I had to catch him and released outside I felt very privileged that it let me pick him up and do that he was quite calm and flew off on his way😊
 
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Mar 10, 2012
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Have a look at this, fantastic film on a garden sparrow hawk.
Oh by the way, their is bugger all you can do to stop them.☹

Brings back memories. That's a Musket in the video (male Spar) an Exocet of the forest and way beyond my skills, i only ever flew females, still untrainable nutters in their own right.

Nice video and captures really well what they are all about.

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