Cooper’s hawks are bird hunters and occur frequently in the GNG. These hawks rely entirely on speed and surprise in their pursuit of a meal and are usually seen only after an unsuccessful attack. Many people are not thrilled to find this hawk in their garden, but a Cooper’s hawks success rate of capturing prey is quite low and the odds of them surviving into adulthood is even lower. We can accept a bird being taken out of the garden every once in a while – this is just nature keeping everything in balance.
Adult Cooper’s hawk