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A hawk has appeared in the sky and earlier it swooped down towards my sparrows on the far side of the hedge. I ran around but didn't see anything. I've seen it now twice in the sky. It isn't a large bird but flies about twice as fast as everything else. Any idea how I can keep it away and all the sparrow fledglings are out like a flock of bees. SadSad

Posted at 20th Jun 2016 - 06:55PM   Posted by Fennie   Hawk Comments: 4

Withy Brook's Avatar It probably has young too, needing feeding. Nature is "red in tooth and claw" and we spend a lot of time trying to fight the natural process. I find it very hard too, but if you watched Spring Watch, we saw it all happening there.

Posted by: Withy Brook on 20th Jun 2016 at 07:22PM

Camilla's Avatar I have only seen a Sparrow Hawk once here where it flew down to the ground near our Bhudlia bush where Sparrows were last year and the Hawk took hold of one of the Sparrows in its claws to make off with it. I was near enough to clap my hands and whoosh the Hawk away where he flew off but the Hawk dropped the Sparrow into the bush. I hoped the Sparrow was unharmed. Then I felt bad afterwards as the Hawk was only trying to get his dinner its nature I know and the Hawk was hungry. Nature is cruel sometimes it's all about survival.

Yes I was watching the programme of Spring Watch Withy and I had to switch it off poor chicks.

It's a difficult one Fennie you are like me when it comes to trying to look after and save our birds. Then there are the cats, who lurk about trying to get the birds there is one big black and white one here that creeps about outside near the fields and gardens. I read on the internet recently that some cats don't bother to kill but other cats do. It was suggested that take the DNA from the cats that don't bother to kill the birds and inject it into the cats that do that way there would be a lot more birds saved in our habitat.Blink

Posted by: Camilla on 21st Jun 2016 at 12:18AM

Fennie's Avatar After they have finished with the cats there are plenty of people that they could inject the DNA into as well!!Very Happy

Posted by: Fennie on 21st Jun 2016 at 08:00AM

Faith's Avatar Fennie, as well I know, there is NOTHING you can do to keep it away, except stop feeding the sparrows so they don't come into your garden. Of course, then the hawk will just eat elsewhere. I am afraid Withy is right.......

However, I cannot stand by and watch the hawk pluck and kill one of the pigeons - it is a slow awful process. I wouldnt mind so much if it was one swipe, the bird was dead and then the hawk ate it but it's not like that.....Sad

Posted by: Faith on 21st Jun 2016 at 11:47AM

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