I’ve received this from a reader who is having so much trouble with sparrowhawks.

I’ve tried the plastic Eagleowl and it seemed to work but only for a week or two.   The Sparrowhawk came back again.  Will try the mirror.


She got this idea from another reader Gary.  Here is his advice and knowledge –

Here’s some ideas on how to keep hawks away from your birdtables.

Encourage crows to your garden or house roof, these birds will take on both male and females.

Another way which a fellow pigeon keeper uses, is to position a large plastic eagle owl on a fence or another suitable place overlooking the birdtable. These birds feed on hawks! At first the others that use the garden will be wary, they soon get use to their plastic guardian.

This guy also has a large mirror appro 14×24 inches, which he uses to dazzle the hawks as they harass his birds while they’re flying. Hope these tips have been helpful.

One more thing, check the RPRA website, I believe there’s a petition about hawks, these birds are destroying hundreds of racing pigeons worth a small fortune, while leaving feral ones alone!


This in in reply to an article I wrote in 2010




I’m so pleased we can help each other in this way.

Gary, I have only just realised that maybe the reason I don’t get many sparrowharks in the garden is because we have crows nearby and also a rookery.  Don’t know why I didn’t think of it before.  Thank you

I know sparrowhawks are in the countryside around us but very rarely see them at the bird table.

I often see crows and rooks circling overhead – never thought until now that they were keeping sparrowhawks away.



  1. Bev

    Hi ,and thanks so much to you all for the advice regarding our sparrow hawk problem! At the moment we have hanging feeders in three separate places in our sloping garden plus caged feeders on the ground near the house and an open bird table that we moved next to a large berberis bush. The hawk powered into the bush after the birds but came out rather fast as his feathers must have got stuck!!Mind you that doesn’t mean to say he will give up easily but its a start. Pity the bushes don’t grow so quickly as some otherwise I would plant a garden full!Anyway we will look to totally surround the other shrubs near the house with 50mm trellis and leave a bit of space for the blackbirds, thrushes etc to access. We keep moving the canes into different positions so the hawk has to keep changing its flight path ! Just hope it goes or gives up before spring or gets fed up with me but its so persistent I think thats unlikely. May try a plastic owl next ! We have a resident tawny owl but of course he’s not around in the day!My son many years ago had a water pistol and he has suggested we squirt it to deter it from under the bushes as obviously we don’t want to hurt it at all but a blast of water may move him on- its worth a try. Better tell the neighbour what I will be doing as Im sure they think we are mad already with garden canes, balloons, etc in the garden at high level!! I thought about a mirror but don’t really want to use it as afraid the garden birds may fly into it by mistake ! its a good idea though for flying hawks! We have so many different garden birds here it seems the hawk thinks its got a vast choice-only thing its not had a go at are the pheasants that have invaded our garden this year, it may do when they have young unfortunately for them. We will keep on trying the tips from everyone here and again thank you all so much. Kind regards, Bev.

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