Well, I intended to do some backyard birding this afternoon. I was going to set up my camera in video mode and leave it on the feeders for a little while. Both the Painted Bunting feeder and the American Goldfinch feeder have been very active lately. The weather was icky and gray this morning as I worked in the garden, but in the afternoon, the sun came out and all was ready for a nice afternoon blind session.
Except there were no birds.
No goldfinches on the crape myrtle. No call notes of the buntings. No little birds flitting from bush to bush.
Then I saw why…Meet my backyard spoilsport, also known as a Cooper’s Hawk!