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Saw this hawk a couple weeks ago in central KY. There's a hawk that's been swooping around under our deck and eyeing the birds at the feeder, but I don't know if this is the same one. Help!

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Looks like a young Red-tailed Hawk, with that thinly barred tail, bulky structure, and white "V" made out of the back feathers.

Edit. Sniped again. Wow, Im getting really slow on the draw here.

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2 minutes ago, zbird said:

Oh no, another hawk! I guess purple martin gourds in the spring might not be the best idea 😰 Thank you!

Red-taileds don’t usually hunt birds. They go after mammals and reptiles, mainly.

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That's a relief! Do you think this RTHA might be the same bird that came swooping under the deck? We have a bird feeder hung on a window under our deck that siskins and finches will eat from, but we kind of thought it might be a Cooper's Hawk bothering those birds, especially if Red-Tailed Hawks don't go after birds very often. 

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10 minutes ago, zbird said:

We have a bird feeder hung on a window under our deck that siskins and finches will eat from, but we kind of thought it might be a Cooper's Hawk bothering those birds, especially if Red-Tailed Hawks don't go after birds very often. 

You’re right. Cooper’s won’t think twice about doing that.

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Hawks have to eat too!

You can provide brush piles for refuge and place feeders in more protected areas/closer to vegetation and things like that. But if the hawk wants to be there, he’s gonna be there.

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3 minutes ago, zbird said:

I don't guess there's anything we can do to keep hawks away from the bird feeders, is there?

If it is visiting daily and becoming a big problem, then you can try taking down the feeders for a little while and hope the hawk decides to hunt elsewhere.

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7 minutes ago, zbird said:

I don't guess there's anything we can do to keep hawks away from the bird feeders, is there?

You could try taking the feeder down for a little while and seeing if it moves on.

EDIT- sniped by the person who was saying the exact same thing!

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4 hours ago, chipperatl said:

Red-tails will take Mourning Doves.  If those are hanging around your feeder, it could be same bird.  

wow!! i dont like mourning doves!! and of course they are at my feeders...

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Ahh hawks! Like you said, a hawk's gonna do what a hawk's gonna do. Thanks for the advice everyone! At least if there are hawks hanging around, I might get some cool pictures of them...

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