Suicidal sparrows.

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jonahinoz
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Suicidal sparrows.

Post by jonahinoz » Sat Jul 19, 2014 7:45 am

Hi,

Something that is increasing in frequency recently. Is anybody else experiencing it?

Every so often, there is a "thump", as a sparrow tries to fly through our front window (two have managed to kill themselves). Frequency has increased to every couple of days, and a few of days ago, there were half a dozen thumps inside half an hour.

The sparrows play in a privet hedge in the front garden, and SWMBO enjoys watching them. One sparrow was heading for the hedge, watched by SWMBO when it was plucked out of mid air by some sort of hawk (pidgeon sized, forked tail) right in front of our window. The hawk settled on the wall, standing on one leg, holding the sparrow in the other, then flew away. SWMBO very upset, but nature is cruel.

John W

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Re: Suicidal sparrows.

Post by MacadamB53 » Sat Jul 19, 2014 8:42 am

Hi John W,

they've lost the will to live after finding out you're moving :D

Kind regards, Mac

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Re: Suicidal sparrows.

Post by arborlad » Sat Jul 19, 2014 9:56 am

jonahinoz wrote:Hi,

Something that is increasing in frequency recently. Is anybody else experiencing it?

Every so often, there is a "thump", as a sparrow tries to fly through our front window (two have managed to kill themselves). Frequency has increased to every couple of days, and a few of days ago, there were half a dozen thumps inside half an hour.

The sparrows play in a privet hedge in the front garden, and SWMBO enjoys watching them. One sparrow was heading for the hedge, watched by SWMBO when it was plucked out of mid air by some sort of hawk (pidgeon sized, forked tail) right in front of our window. The hawk settled on the wall, standing on one leg, holding the sparrow in the other, then flew away. SWMBO very upset, but nature is cruel.

John W

Haven't seen a sparrow in my garden for over a decade and there is sufficient habitat for them, there is an overabundance of magpies though. The pigeon sized hawk is likely to be a kestrel or sparrowhawk, buzzards are also a welcome sight, you generally hear them before you see them.
arborlad

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Re: Suicidal sparrows.

Post by Mojisola » Sat Jul 19, 2014 4:17 pm

Window decals will reduce the number of hits -
http://shopping.rspb.org.uk/bird-silhou ... ckers.html
http://www.livingwithbirds.com/care--sa ... ndowalert/
or there's loads of "stained glass" stickers.

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