heart versus the head

My husband and I( blimey sound like the queen) have a difference of opinion when it comes to this visitor in our garden.The problem with having a lot of bird visitor we can get up to 5 visits a day from the sparrowhawk.I hated it at first but came to realise that they are in need of food just as much as the small birds that visit.If hubby sees it he tends to go out to chase it off.I try to use my head and let it hunt.I have seen it swoop in and take a goldfinch that was bathing in my stream,stalk a dunnock in the hebe and finally get it.?But the worst thing I saw was a collared dove that was still alive when I disturbed the sparrowhawk.I had no option but to put this poor bird out of its misery and spent all morning crying.Mother Nature is beautiful but a tough lady.

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2 Dec, 2010
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mactumpshie said:

beautiful shot ,beautiful bird,nature cannot be controlled by humans ,we are only allowed by nature to marvel, be saddened and to enjoy it.

2 Dec, 2010
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janette said:

Had the same delemia here Littlewren ,should I chase the sparrowhawk or let it eat I decided best just to leave it to it, much as I hate to see it take "my " little garden birds .Nature is as you say beautiful but tough....your photos are beautiful ...

2 Dec, 2010
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jane said:

Same here too Littlewren.Last year saw the female take a goldfinch,sparrow,and a collared dove...and thats only the ones seen.Know the pair are nesting in a quarry not far away and regularly patrol the garden,scattering the birds.There is an eerie silence in the garden for about a quarter of an hour after a visit...punctuated by the odd blackbird alarm call. Have learned to be pragmatic about it now...though agree it is distressing to see "my" birds being taken. Sorry you had to put the collared dove out of its misery...I would have cried too...

2 Dec, 2010
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littlewren said:

thanks mactumpshie your'e so right and nature is marvellous
thanks janette and jane, I expect all of us who feed the birds have the same problem sad as it is

2 Dec, 2010
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aster said:

We do Littlewren,I think we somehow feel a little guilty that we have provided them with an easy meal.If it wasn't in our garden it would be elsewhere.
Take heart that in the end the fittest survive to produce more offspring.

2 Dec, 2010
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jane said:

Agree with Mac and Aster..I think Mother nature has her own way of balancing everything out..

2 Dec, 2010
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muddywalters said:

I believe that the food chain is self regulating - if it wasn't, we'd have a garden full of Sparrowhawks and a couple of very fast, very elusive Goldfinches.

3 Dec, 2010
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mike said:

It is the "cats" that I chase off

3 Dec, 2010
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littlewren said:

Now thats a vision to make you laugh muddywalters. I agree with the cat problem mike but think our dog keeps them away.If we have to enjoy birds/wildlife we have to take it as necessary.We love to see the weasel darting around the garden but then hated it when I saw it go into a small shrub and come out with a bird in its mouth.

3 Dec, 2010
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clarice said:

Very sad but its nature,

6 Dec, 2010
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stickitoffee said:

lovely pictures

7 Dec, 2010
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bloominrosey said:

Lovely pictures. It is nature. We have to control rabbits and squirrels and leave them for the buzzards. That way, at least, there is not waste and the buzzard gets to eat.

7 Dec, 2010
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littlewren said:

could do with some of those rabbits and squirrels for the red kites.
poor souls don't know what they will be finding in all this snow

10 Dec, 2010
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robashfield said:

Loved your photos of the sparrowhawk,littlewren.. As all the others have said,we must let nature take control...we are not clever enough to regulate who eats what and when.....just marvel in the delight of the vast diversity of our wildlife!

30 Dec, 2010
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lincslass said:

Great photo`s L,wren. Like you I`d be devastated if I saw this bird feeding in my garden but wouldn`t interfere, however my cats get a smack if they are caught stalking, I feed them and provide their toys so they have no excuse that is acceptable, lol....

30 Dec, 2010
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littlewren said:

lincslass it is another hunting instinct in cats I suppose....we used to have one and it was mice it tended to bring back....although known to go for the birds too we would try to stop it....

10 Jun, 2011
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welshie said:

Unfortunately, by putting out food to attract small garden birds, we also attract the birds that prey on them. My Eagle Owl would take a cat if it came within range, so I have to watch him very carefully.

11 Jun, 2011
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littlewren said:

Crikey Welshie....are you kidding me...????

15 Jun, 2011
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welshie said:

No LW, I'm not kidding. Birds of prey will go for any easy meal if they are hungry. The bigger the bird, the bigger the prey. I keep mine well fed and he doesn't often stray, but he's more than capable of taking prey up to 20lb in weight. The wild population are not popular with farmers, as lamb is a favourite meal!

15 Jun, 2011
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littlewren said:

wow that is some pet....

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