The other day I went out and filled up the heated birdbath and almost right away two blue jays took turns splashing around, over and over.
Since this birdbath is deep, the brick in the middle is for smaller birds to land on to get a drink.
All of a sudden every bird in the backyard took off like a shot. The bath time fun ended and I looked around to see what had spooked them all.
There, on a branch at the back of the yard sat the culprit. Update: I originally thought this was a sharp-shinned hawk but now think it is an immature cooper's hawk. (the yellow eye signifies immature) Unfortunately no dinner for him at our bird feeding area that day.
Today I saw this adult perched at the back, high in the trees and the large size tells me it is a cooper's hawk as well.
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