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chris1948
Copperas Cove, TX
(Zone 8a)

November 12, 2012
3:23 PM

Post #9331457

I saw this Hawk in our front yard this morning. I've noticed over the past few weeks that the birds at my feeders have been dwindling in number, I think this is the reason. Can someone help me identify this from this poor photo. I was in a hurry as it was time to leave for work at the same time as my wife saw it feeding on a Dove. Possibly I can get a better picture tomorrow if it's around.

Chris

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Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

November 12, 2012
4:01 PM

Post #9331491

Cooper's Hawk

Resin
chris1948
Copperas Cove, TX
(Zone 8a)

November 12, 2012
5:24 PM

Post #9331562

Thanks Resin, before I close the thread, is this an adult or a young one? Also, would it be normal to see more than one in a tree?

Chris

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

November 12, 2012
5:52 PM

Post #9331585

Looks like an immature. Unusual, but not impossible, to get two in a tree at this time of year; typically this late in the year they are fully independent of their parents and each other. Perhaps most likely two siblings.

Resin
chris1948
Copperas Cove, TX
(Zone 8a)

November 12, 2012
6:11 PM

Post #9331599

Just one more question, in the attached photo are these Coopers Hawks or something else? They were pretty far up in a tree in our back yard and there was actually a total of about 6 in the tree. They appear too large for Doves or Pigeons but I could be wrong.

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gardenseeder63
Concord, NH

November 13, 2012
3:56 AM

Post #9331781

shes right there cooper hawks the other are just young ones
chris1948
Copperas Cove, TX
(Zone 8a)

November 13, 2012
4:53 AM

Post #9331812

So, I've got a yard full of hawks, what do I do about my bird feeders? Take them down to see if the hawks will leave if no food is around? I guess they picked me because of the abundant food source?

Chillybean

Chillybean
Near Central, IA
(Zone 5a)

November 13, 2012
7:05 AM

Post #9331934

If Cooper's are hanging out there day after day, I would for sure stop feeding the birds for a time. They will find other food sources. We've had Cooper's come pretty regularly in the winter months, but not every day or even every week, so we always left them up. It's hard to stop as we have when we saw sick birds. You see the birds looking around wondering, "What happened?" But they probably already have another place they visit and will get what they need.

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

November 13, 2012
7:46 AM

Post #9331980

Looks like White-winged Doves in the tree. Def not hawks!

Resin

OldNed

OldNed
Merritt Island, FL
(Zone 10a)

November 13, 2012
7:16 PM

Post #9332542

Ditto to White-winged Doves
chris1948
Copperas Cove, TX
(Zone 8a)

November 13, 2012
8:03 PM

Post #9332575

Thanks, I'll close the thread now as the hawk has been identified. Appreciate all the replies.

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