Hi Libby. I'd be inclined to move the feeders a bit closer to trees or bushes to allow the feeding birds a refuge area. Sparrowhawks will still dive into trees and bushes but it will give the Woodys a fighting chance.
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(One bush does not shelter two Robins)
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In reply to monkeycheese:
Thank you - I will move them right now. I know the hawks have to eat and that woodpeckers are partial to some rather unsavory habits themselves but I suspect we have altered the balance a bit. Thank you.
Ive put some photos of the woodys on the photo section. First time so I hope I've done it correctly!
In reply to libby W:
Hi Libby welcome to the community
I can't add anything to what Paul has said but if you look here it will explain how to put your photos in here if you want too.www.rspb.org.uk/.../191572.aspx
My Flickr photos
In reply to Alan.:
Libby, hi from Anglesey. It sounds as if you have a lovely area and plenty of wildlife - a Goshawk feeding in the garden - wow. That's a sight I would have loved to see. Yes I agree with the others and moving the feeders would be beneficial to all the birds as they need cover from the predators. Would love to see some of your photos.
Lot to learn
In reply to gaynorsl:
I've added a couple of photos of the goshawk - see photos ( not brilliant quality). Gives you an idea - completely stripped the pigeon, by the look of it with its feet mostly.
The photos are of a female sparrowhawk. Would be very uncommon to get a goshawk in a garden.
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