I want my garden to be a safe place for the birds and squirrels that visit it. Over the last year or so, I've seen a hawk fly in several times. It's not visiting to get a drink of water, or eat bird seed, of course.
It's a beautiful bird, but since it insists on frightening and chasing my little sparrows and other feathered guests (and will do more than just scare them, if it can),I can't welcome it to my garden. I'm not exactly sure how one gets a hawk to understand there's "no hunting allowed" here, but I'll have to find out (loud noise, perhaps?)! Here's a picture of it from October; the hawk is sitting on the green bird feeder... Any thoughts on the kind of hawk it is and how to kindly discourage it from hanging out?