Hawk ate my local Mockingbird
I can't believe it. I was looking out my kitchen window at my side yard overlooking the birdfeeder and the seeds scattered on the snow cover where the driveway is supposed to be. Lots of birds feeding on the ground when suddenly they all flew up and beat it. Suddenly I saw a hawk dive to the ground right by the feeder and it had the mockingbird, still screaming in its talons. Two seconds later there was blood on the ground.
I was so surprised I just stood there and gaped but of course for all that can't positively ID the hawk but I think a Coopers based on size. The Mocker was small compaired to the hawk. The hawk was much bigger than a sparrow hawk.
I have read reports of hawks geting birds at other peoples feeders at the Bird Watching Forum but always thought they must be in some rural area. Never thought I could see one here although I have seen Kestrals flying overhead sometimes and we have had Ospreys nesting near our town.
I really have been working hard to make this a wildlife garden but I had been feeding that Mockingbird all winter, it came right up to my kitchen door for suet handouts. I have TONS of Starlings and House Sparrows, I only wish the hawk had made a meal out of one of those!!
Now that the hawk has found my great local dining spot, what are the chances it will be back?