As I filled my birdfeeders this morning I thought I might take a moment this weekend to write about my feeding stations and routine. I still might, but the neighborhood Cooper’s Hawk trumped the post.
I’ve always maintained that feeding stations were for the usual guests — wrens, cardinals, bluejays, woodpeckers. You know the list. But I also think that birdfeeders are there for the birds of prey that are attracted by feeding birds.
I was walking through the kitchen and caught a fast diagonal blur past the feeding stations. A quick glance let me know that they were abandoned. There on the board fence was the Copper’s hawk.
This was one of the few times that a camera was at hand and I quickly shot a dozen, or so, frames. (Do we still call them that?) In the photos it’s pretty clear that the hawk nailed a female northern cardinal. So it goes. Another adventure at the bird feeder.