Cooper's Hawk

There are sharp-shinned and Cooper's hawks in our area. What can I do to protect my feeder birds from these hawks?

Both the sharp-shinned and Cooper's hawks do feed on other birds. Their short, rounded wings and long tails allow them to dart through trees and branches as they hunt their prey. They are a natural part of the environment and can be fascinating to study. The females of both species are larger than the males and there is some overlap in size between the two species. A male sharp-shined is about the size of a blue jay while a female coopers is nearly the size of a crow. Neither should be confused with the much larger and more visible red-tailed hawk which is often seed along roadsides.

If you observe one of these small hawks in your yard on a regular basis and are concerned for your feeder birds consider locating your feeders near (or planting) dense shrubs or evergreens that will offer cover if a hawk approaches. In most cases the hawks will not over-hunt your feeders as they will loose the element of surprise if they frequent the area too much.

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