The birds and wildlife have not been as active in my yard this winter as they have been in the past few years. I think this Cooper’s Hawk is the reason.
We have had a Hawk in the neighborhood before and it has taken a few birds from my feeders but this winter it seems to have gotten more aggressive toward anything that moves.
Don’t get me wrong! I like seeing the Hawk but I also like seeing all the other wildlife that visit my yard. I have just noticed a difference this winter and it may not have anything to do with this Cooper’s Hawk.
The above photos were taken with the Canon PowerShot SX50 HS mainly because it was in my neighbor’s yard and I could get this camera the quickest.
Cooper’s Hawks prey almost exclusively on small to mid-sized birds. Typical prey species include American Robins, other thrushes, jays, woodpeckers, European Starlings, quail, icterids, cuckoos, pigeons and doves. Birds preyed on can range in size from wood-warblers to Ring-necked Pheasants. They may also prey upon the raptor American Kestrel and other smaller raptors, including their cousin the Sharp-shinned Hawk. They have been known to rob nests and may supplement their diet with small mammals such as chipmunks, hares, mice, squirrels, and bats.[