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Another cold day as our bird feeder continues to be the gathering place for our feathered friends: juncos, chicadees, sparrows, tufted titmice, woodpeckers, cardinals, blue jays.

Cardinal whispering to chicadee

Cardinal and Chicadee

Red-bellied Woodpecker and Junco

Red-bellied Woodpecker and Junco

Cardinal

Cardinal

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Suddenly all the birds flew up and scattered in every direction. A brown shape landed on our yellow magnolia tree. It was a Cooper’s Hawk. This was the first time I have been able to take photos of this bird of prey.

Cooper's Hawk

Cooper’s Hawk looking at bird feeder

Cooper's Hawk

Cooper’s Hawk, very intense

Cooper's Hawk

Cooper’s Hawk

The hawk stayed perched on a magnolia branch, gazing intently at the bird feeder, but all the medium and small birds had flown into hiding. After a couple of minutes, it gave up and flew back into the sky. It wasn’t until about half an hour later that our usual contingent of birds returned to our backyard.

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