The Cooper’s Hawk is a sleek rapid flying hawk that negotiates tree limbs at high speed when chasing its prey. One of its favorite prey is the Mourning Dove. Our backyard feeders attract Mourning Doves so this means that Cooper’s Hawks are on the prowl. I have a saying that if you want to attract Cooper’s Hawks, throw a lot of sunflower seeds on the ground.
When the backyard birds spot a Cooper’s Hawk they are gone in the blink of an eye. One second there are 2-3 dozen birds on the ground and at the feeders and an eye blink later there are zero birds. When this happens I know to look out for a Cooper’s Hawk on the prowl.