Monday, August 8, 2011
With the feral cats and this regular visitor, it's amazing we have any birds. A sub-adult Cooper's Hawk has been hunting our yard since March. I'm not sure how long it takes for the white spots on their back to grow out, so maybe this is a different one than the March visitor, but he/she is here on a daily basis.
It has learned the yard and developed an amazing hunting strategy. It sits in the large white pine just to the north of the house, with the feeding station in between. It then swoops from the tree toward the house scaring the birds into the house and windows, picking them off while they're stunned.