Cdemby Tony
Cdemby Tony
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Asked on Mar 26, 2018

How do I deter intruding hawks?

Cdemby TonyAlberta CoulterHan11807599
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I have a large bird feeder in my backyard. It gives me a lot of pleasure because it attracts a large number of bird species--from the diminutive humming bird to the larger turtle-doves. Some are permanent others are migratory. The problem is that in this area there are also medium and large hawks that hover daily and seem to think that I have a buffet for them. Sometimes I am able to scare them away by making loud noises but most of the time they win and leave nothing but feathers in my yard. I know they also have to eat, but it is so sad to see how they follow and attack the innocent turtle doves.

9 answers
    • Cdemby Tony
      on Mar 27, 2018

      Thank you Janet. The site you suggested gave me a lot to think about. It did not make me feel better but sadder after reading all the comments. But in a way I am a bit wiser. I left a comment.
  • Itsmemic
    on Mar 26, 2018

    I have a lot of hawks to. Some so brave this year they perch right on the bush wit the feeders...waiting for that little chicadee.. Freaks me out.
    I put an owl where the hawks seem to wait...and so far..so good ! I know they are hungry too...and I sympathize...but I don't want them eating my little friends either .
  • Try decoy owls and snakes. Sometimes you might need to stop feeding for a few days or change up your feeding pattern. Try feeding in morning or afternoon only and take the feeders in when not in use.
  • 2dogal
    on Mar 26, 2018


    Be aware that hawks and owls are federally protected. You may not kill them. The above site will tell you what you can do though. And remember if you have any mice, they are as good as cats to keep them away.
  • William Thompson
    on Mar 27, 2018

    A bigger lawn umbrella higher than the feeder and covered with chicken wire rather than fabric will deter them and protect the smaller birds.
  • Sharon
    on Mar 27, 2018

    All of gods creatures gotta eat. Unless you put up a canopy of netting hung up high, prey birds will be prey. The turtle dove being one of the slowest and frequent victim
  • Han11807599
    on Mar 27, 2018

    I'd try some fake lifelike owls. Inflatable ones are available, fairly cheap.
  • Alberta Coulter
    on Mar 27, 2018

    I had a pair of hawks living in my back yard one year. I didn't notice them eating the birds, but when the acorns came in I had a bumper crop. Took me a while to realize it was because there were no squirrels to eat them. The hawks didn't come back the next year, so we were back to normal.
  • Cdemby Tony
    on Mar 27, 2018

    Aren't owls used to deter birds? My next door neighbor has owls and it not deterring anything. I think they are for deterring pigeons.
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