I have a Cooper Hawk which visits every once in a while in my backyard and I managed to watch him for some time trying to flush out some sparrows from the bushes below my bird feeder. Attached are some photographs which I took.
Lloyd Garbutt, Livermore, CA
Cooper’s hawks, being bird-eaters, always try to take advantage of bird feeders by preying on the little birds that are attracted to the feeders.
Because of this, the sparrows, doves, finches and other birds that use the feeders have to continually be on the alert for these aggressive hawks. Otherwise, it’s bye-bye-baby.
All it takes is one warning PEEP from one of the birds and they all dive into the nearest bushes until the Cooper’s hawk leaves. The hawk often lands on the ground and walks around, looking in the bushes and trying to find the little birds. Everyone stays VERY quiet until the hawk finally leaves
Nice photos. Thanks for sharing them with us. /Gary