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sharp shinned hawk

Living in upstate NY, a large number of birds depend on my feeders to get through the winter. I'm sure it is no surprise to you that this has drawn the attention of a sharp shinned hawk looking for an easy meal. Is their anything (besides withholding seed) I can do to discourage him from visiting my yard?

Birding Expert - George H. Harrison

No not really. Sharp-shinned hawks, in fact all hawks, are now protected by state and federal laws, and they can not be harmed. My suggestion is that you just consider the hawk another feeder bird that is eating at your feeders. It's all a part of the balance of nature, and the hawks will have no overall impact on the populations of feeder birds. GHH

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