Sparrows congregate on our laurel hedges near to the bird feeders. At times I have counted more than 40 individuals and there may be around 50 resident sparrows in our garden at any one time. They are ever present during the daytime, but there are occasions when they are never seen.
This young and inexperience sparrow hawk has discovered our feeding station. Yesterday he had a stab at catching a sparrow and went away disappointed. Today he is perched on the laurel wondering if the sparrows will not notice him. One of the cats noticed him at about the same time that he was dive bombed by a local magpie.
No joy mate! - Try the holly hedge.