We feed the birds regularly in our yard and have an abundance of all the “usual” visitors to the feeders. Over the past few weeks, we have had regular visits from a Cooper’s Hawk. He/she is very large and is also predatory on the songbirds. We have had a few casualties identified by a clump of feathers left in the snow. This past Sunday the hawk swooped into the side of our house in pursuit of a Mourning Dove and then lit on our feeder platform to find his prey. The hawk left with no lunch and the dove – while stunned and lying in the snow on the deck – ventually flew off apparently unscathed.

Location: Fife’s Bay at the lower end of Chemong Lake
Observer: Nancy Cafik

Categories: Sightings

Drew Monkman

I am a retired teacher, naturalist and writer with a love for all aspects of the natural world, especially as they relate to seasonal change.