Hawks that feed on birds apparently take the term bird feeder at face value. If you want to discourage the hawk, you’ll have to take your feeders down for a few days, until the smaller birds disperse.
In the wild, birds face constantly fluctuating food supplies, so songbirds, doves, and hawks alike will know to search for food elsewhere. Put your feeders up again in a week or two. If you’re lucky, the songbirds and doves will quickly return but the hawk will have found hunting grounds somewhere else. You can learn more about feeder problems and solutions at our Project FeederWatch web site.
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