Feathered Friends and Their Foes

I’ve already shared photos of the birds at our backyard feeder (here and here).

Now here’s an article about a rebound in Accipiter hawk populations due, perhaps, to backyard feeders that provide a predictable concentration of tasty morsels.  North American Accipiters include the Cooper’s hawk and the Sharp-shinned hawk.

In the course of their study, the researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Cornell Lab of Ornithology found that in the 1990s Accipiter hawks occupied 26 percent of sites around Chicago. After two decades, they occupied close to 67 percent of sites.


Courtesy of Ralph Gibson.  He says he’s a relation . . .