I’ve been getting a lot of mail about crows in my column these days. Backyards are full of those big, black noisy birds. Most frequently asked question is, “What are we going to do with all these crows?”
Bob Luis of Brentwood, California, dropped me a note the other day, containing the above photo. Here’s what he had to say:
This guy might have a solution on what to do with all these crows. He was perched on our back fence feasting on this carcass. When he finally took off with his meal, it looked like it had the tail feathers of a crow.
Bob Luis, Brentwood, Calif.
This is a female Cooper’s hawk and those definitely look like crow tail feathers to me. Cooper’s hawks are big bird hunters and yes, as you see, they do occasionally prey on crows. /Gary