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We have a pair of Coopers Hawks living in our old silo. Theyve taken to harassing our "barn cats" (we have 3 such cats that someone dropped on us a few years ago and we feed em and they catch mice for us and are generally doofus cats who like to sit under lounge chairs in the summer.
The Cooper Hawks will strafe the cats whenever they get too close to an area that we call our "nature preserve". wherein we have several berry bearing deciduous trees and bushes. (We have a large crabopple, some service berry, winterberry,blueberries and hawthornes.) These provide a "jump down" area that ends up near our patio which sport all our winter bird feeder stations. Its a neat set up . The feeding stations ring the patio , with lots of cover for these birds,and theres a big three season room with windows where we sit around in the winter and bird watch.
Well the Hawks have learned to fly in like cruise missiles and like scaring the birds who take off in panic. Some of the birds will slam into the windows of the sun room an the Hawks will swoop on em and feed on the still warm bodies of the window victims. The cats have begun setting up stalking stations near the feeders and this keeps the birds away which, I believe, pisses the Hawks off. They, in turn, upon seeing a cat sauntering from the patio back to the barn, will swoop down and take some (cat) fur. Thus scaring the **** out of the cats. Does this stop the cats?? Hell no. They just learned to set up a serpentin pethway that allows them to take cover beneath other bushes along the edges of our dog kennels and the garden.