Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner!

   An uninvited guest has been showing up at my birdfeeders this week.  So far, it seems the cardinals, juncos, chickadees, nuthatches, house finches, etc., have escaped his talons because I haven't seen any signs of blood and feathers in the snow. 
 This big Cooper's hawk sits in the ash tree, 10 feet above and away from the feeders, until I notice and chase him away.  I know hawks have to eat, too, but I need the color my songbirds bring to my very white backyard at this time of year! 
(Not the greatest photo because I had to take it through three thicknesses of glass that make up my kitchen window in the winter.  As soon as I open the back door, he now flies away before I can throw snow at him, or take a photo.)
Thanks for reading my blog.  A comment from you would brighten up this cold, snowy day!


  1. Oh, I love the picture. I love the hawks too but hate to see then catch a bird.

  2. Aha! That looks like a Cooper's Hawk. We have them in Illinois too. You've captured him beautifully. Stay warm. I've heard about your sub zero temperatures.

  3. You've done well to capture him at all through all that glass. Hard to interfere with the food chain though.

  4. he is cold and hungry. I don''t like them either but I guess it is the survival of the fittest! Hope you are staying warm. It is -32 F here now..really cold. :(