Controlling Predatory Birds

If you like watching wildlife in your yard, for some of you, one animal you don't want to see is a bird of prey. Read on to find out how to deter hawks and owls from visiting your garden.

Before attempting to remove a bird of prey that visits your yard, find out its legal status. The Migratory Bird Treaty Act protects all hawks and owls in the United States and makes it illegal to arrest or kill them without special permission.

Licenses are only issued after you've tried other methods to convince the bird to go ahead. Additionally, it is illegal to scare or harass endangered species.

Check with the Fish and Wildlife Service for the status of your raptors.


    Birds of Prey in My Garden

    Hawks and owls visit gardens that provide an abundant source of food, such as bird feeders or crops and ponds for wildlife.

    Deterrents for raptors include habitat modification, frightening birds, and, as a last resort, capture, and relocation.

    Traps are best left to experts who know how to catch and handle birds without harming them.

    Most gardeners can perform some type of habitat modification to deter birds of prey.

    Before attacking to kill, they scan the area for a perch that allows them a good view of the surrounding area. Removing the perches may be enough to convince the bird to move on.

    If you cannot remove the perch, try to control the birds of prey by changing the situation on the ground.

    Piles of undergrowth and dense bush plantings give wildlife a place to hide.

    Keeping Birds of Prey Away from Bird Feeders

    Although birds of prey in gardens are often helpful in keeping unwanted rodent populations low, they can sometimes chase other birds in the garden.

    If raptors are killing birds that visit the feeder, try taking them down for a few weeks. If the raptors return when you replace the feeders, save them until next season.

    Intimidation tactics are not very practical or convenient in an urban setting.

    The most effective scare devices are pyrotechnics fired from a pistol or shotgun that creates explosions or other loud noises and flashes of light.

    These devices only scare birds for a short period of time, so they are not effective in keeping birds of prey out of gardens in the long term.

    We hope you enjoy watching this video about Predatory Birds in Gardens:

    Source: BBC

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