Last Saturday morning we noticed the absence of birds at the feeders and realized there was a new visitor to our back yard.
The photos are fuzzy as they are taken through the windows (dirty) and with a short lens.
I enlarged this photo for a better look.
This bird was sitting in the fir tree and stayed for a long while.
I got out my camera and took a couple of photos before it flew away and we got out the binoculars and watched it closely.
I also got out my bird book which was no help at all.
I really need to get a new one. Next, I went to Google and found out it was a Cooper's Hawk.
It knew where it's next meal might be coming from.
I guess they enjoy smaller birds in their diet.
We see lots of hawks, eagles and turkey vultures around here, usually flying over the fields looking for food, but this is the first time I've seen one in our yard.
For more information and a good picture of this Cooper's Hawk check out this link ~ Cooper's Hawk ~ and click on the tab for "overview" for information.
Today I was walking in the yard and looking for signs of spring and startled about 40 birds feeding on the ground. I looked up and saw the hawk flying overhead. Maybe it scared the birds too!
I am feeling well again and was able to attend both Easter services and sing my little heart out in the choir. Thank you all for your sweet comments of concern!
I hope you have a wonderful week.