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
WAYS TO STOP SPARROWHAWK ATTACKS IN GARDENS
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.