Does anybody have an idea on how to discourage this hawk from hanging around my yard?
I have ducks that return every year and hang for the summer. He has decided to eat them. As long as they stay in the creek they seem safe. He will land on the edge of the creek within 4' of the ducks and freak them out. If I walk out there, he holds his ground until I am right on top of him. Then he flies about 10' away and takes up another watch.
The ducks know the risk. One I call Paul (Drake) is on his third year here. 3 years ago a hawk had him upside down in the yard and ripped his breast feathers off of him. That makes it easy to identify him and Henny (Henreitta).
So the ducks seem to be surviving, but my sisters cat may not be so lucky. He is a diabetic, blind, deaf, clawless and toothless old curr. But since the sister doesn't seem to want him back, I have become his defender.
Is there anything I can put up that would make the yard a little less inviting for him? I am thinking something like a fake owl that discourages pigeons, but for a hawk and won't scare the ducks.
I am not even sure what kind of hawk he is, maybe a northern goshawk.