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2 years 11 months ago #1224 by Gary Brailsford
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The last few days I have had a stunning male Sparrow Hawk attack my aviaries . In the fading light yesterday I had to quickly fix some of plastic ivy trellis to the aviaries .
This morning all looks peaceful and no damages to my birds .
What do members do to keep these predator hawks away please ?

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2 years 11 months ago - 2 years 11 months ago #1226 by Peter Moore
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Hello Gary,
They are fantastic to watch hunting but not when our birds are on the menu, you would think the male and female are 2 different species the male being much smaller and a different colour.
i get them now and again but strangely only females ive never seen a male sparrow hawk at my aviaries.they normally give up after a few days when they know they cannot get to the birds, not a lot of help i know as you can loose birds just through panic,they dont like getting tangled up in loose plastic pea netting, its possibly a young 2018 male struggling to catch food if he dont learn very soon he wont last long.
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2 years 11 months ago #1232 by Gary Brailsford
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Thanks Pete
I have put plastic fruit mesh up to deter him . Like you said he might give up once he realises he cannot catch anything .
He is a stunning bird
I also think he is this year's Hawk . He must be hungry as he only flies off when I get only a few feet away

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2 years 11 months ago #1239 by christopher glanville
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I lost a redpoll to a sparrowhawk a few year ago when I had weldmesh on my aviaries. I now have a finer mesh and they cannot get their claws through. I have not had a sparrowhawk in the garden for a couple of years. We now have lots of red kites and buzzards in the area ( suburbia) not sure if the two are related

I find that my birds are quite good at hiding if there is a predator or cat about

Chris

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2 years 11 months ago #1240 by Peter Moore
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Hello Chris, Yes they can be, Softbills tend to hide up, where seed eaters panic and try to fly away hence being caught on the wire.

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2 years 10 months ago #1267 by Gary Brailsford
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He as been back Peter . Aviary looks like fort Knox now . Plastic ivy trellis all over it to try and stop him getting his talons at the mesh . He hates the fruit mesh as he gets tangled up .
A nuisance but he is a stunning male

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