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The Slice

Another summer of keeping sparrows at bay

Talons of doom.
Talons of doom.

Well, it was another successful summer for our scarehawk.

About a foot high and made of molded plastic, he stands tall and proud in our backyard. He perches atop a cylindrical fan-unit connected to the house's HVAC.

We got him about 15 years ago to discourage sparrows from nesting directly above our back door. He has done an exemplary job.

True, the sparrows befouled him with direct-hit droppings when he first showed up. But I like to think he scared it out of them.

He's missing his beak. But he is stout of heart. He has never abandoned his post. And I'm confident he never will.


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