They sure are Willpar, they sure are . All I can do is make my garden as unattractive hunting ground as possible, meaning I will shoo and scare them off every time I am around, and I will "take" their pray, all in hope that they think "this is not a good investment/reward ratio"
All your bird talk in here
It has been my experience that Sparrowhawks are not particularly frightened of humans. Respectful is probably a better word. They will flyoff if challenged but that does not deter them for another day. I had one male who was a regular visitor for several years who flew very close to me in an attempt to grab a bird nearby. A failure to succeed was no deterrent as he knew there were always likely targets for another day.
I had a first in the garden today. My attention had been drawn to the hanging fatball feeder by the arrival of a family of LTTs. they were flitting in and out of my Dog rose bush to take their turn on the feeder when I noticed another bird in the same vicinity. I had the binoculars handy and quickly focussed to see a Chiffchaff Chances are it's been around before but that is the first official sighting.
Good year for the Goldfinch. I can get between 5 - 10 young at any one time at the moment. Must be from a third brood.