A killer in my backyard

Our birdfeeder makes our backyard a lot more interesting.  Just about anytime I look out the window there are several species of birds taking advantage of the bounty.  But last week, I saw something I didn’t expect. A Cooper’s hawk had killed a pigeon and was tearing it apart, leaving blotches of blood and feathers splayed on the snow.

My roomate, Steve, and I watched through binoculars for a while, then I snapped a few photos before we and the hawk went back to our own business.

All this got me thinking about community, habitecture, biophilia and inter-species interactions. I even started writing a blog about it – which I intend to finish very soon – so standby.

In the meantime, watch out for this killer in your backyard:

Cooper's Hawk photo by Tim Irvin

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