This morning I wondered why there weren’t any birds at the feeders, especially since I had filled the feeders and added water to the birdbath yesterday. I glanced out the kitchen window and realized why: a Cooper’s hawk.
He was sitting atop the birdfeeder stand, surveying his domain. Although the Cooper’s hawk and the sharp-shinned hawk look similar, my guess is that, given the rounded tail, it was a Cooper’s hawk.
This hawk knows a meal ticket when it sees one–he’s a birdfeeder hitman. We believe his most recent avian victim was a mourning dove; we found the feathery remains near the edge of the lawn, which saddened us. This time, however, he swooped down to the lawn and grabbed a vole or mouse. Good riddance, I say!