We had a Cooper’s Hawk last fall and winter that was very good at ambushing birds at our feeders. It seemed to show up on the rainiest, most miserable weather days. It usually looked so bedraggled and wet that I felt sorry for it and hoped it would find a meal. I just didn’t want to see it happen and if it needed to hunt and eat, literally in our backyard, I hoped it would snag one of the dozen or so House Sparrows out in the field rather than a Downy or Towhee or Song Sparrow.
I don’t know if it’s the sudden transition from summer-like weather only a week ago to cooler, rainier weather this weekend, but the hawk is back. It slammed into our family room window in pursuit of something on Friday morning and flew off. It made several stops on Saturday, scattering birds and causing general panic in our yard and the field beyond. I haven’t seen it catch anything yet but I know it’s only a matter of time.