Posted: 29/10/2014 at 14:05
We have an occasional sparrowhawk and other raptors about. They rarely get anything as the feeders are all close to cover from climbers on trellis to shrubs and hedges where the small birds can take cover. I take the view that sparrowhawks need to eat too and usually only get the old or very stupid birds.
Don't like magpies but haven't had problems with them for several years but now I have jackdaws trying to nest on my chimney pots. I hope they don't start causing bivver with the small birds.
I feed the birds all year so they get through winter fit and well for a successful breeding season and then have energy to hunt for suitable food for their broods and my colonies of sparrows and tits have increased several fold.