|A Cooper's hawk waits near my birdfeeder for an unsuspecting visitor. Photo by J.J. Meyer|
A Cooper's hawk was perched behind my seed tube feeder. Just waiting. You can find this accipiter year-round in Southern California. They've adapted to urban areas, where they've found it easy to snatch a meal at backyard birdfeeders.
It's part of the circle of life. But if you want to protect your songbirds, hang your feeders where birds can take cover for a quick escape.