Pheasants, around 8-9 weeks old, still in the pen mostly, getting used as a buffet by sparrow hawk(s), killing around 3 or so a day. Now if they were to get the odd one, fair enough but this is becoming a bit much. It's only a small-ish pen on a small shoot and it soon adds up. I'm assuming it's sparrow hawks because I've seen one a few times, the dead birds have been decapitated and mostly have had maybe part of one breast eaten, which would be a substantial meal for one.
so far I've put a few cut up feed bags on pen posts as flags, hung a few CD's to flash in the sun/wind both without success. So this evening I've left a radio on tuned to Radio 4 (enough to put anyone off I'd have thought) and sited one of those plastic eagle owls near a likely flying in location. See how that goes. anybody got any other ideas?