Sadly, yet another sparrowhawk kill this morning. This time I saw him fly in and hit the ground right by our feeder with a sparrow at his feet. I don’t think it’s the same sparrowhawk that was seen earlier in the week.
Now I start to ask myself “am I creating this problem?”. By feeding the smaller birds I might be helping to keep some alive by are my actions leading to the deaths of others? According to Chris Packham (BBC Springwatch 2012), his response to a similar question was that it was a sign of a healthy bird population and this was a perfectly natural phenomenon. Maybe he’s right.