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Red Shoulders rarely take birds; they sen to prefer frogs, crawfish, and stream inhabitants (like water snakes). When things are frozen they seem to turn to voles, mice, etc. – they seem to leave the feeding songbirds alone. Infact, they are busy feeding very near to him. If a Coopers Hawk is in the area, there are no songbirds to be seen. These photos taken through a window with double-pane glass:

 

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Just spotted him a 1 PM today today, February 24th is huge 4-5 foot diameter oak tree in the back yard. He was busy watching the songbirds feed at the 3 feeders I keep filled back there. Suddenly, he lurched off the tree and was hot on the pursuit of a American Goldfinch that he barely missed. I believe it was a Cooper’s Hawk based on visuals. Both Cooper’s and Sharp-shinned Hawks are small, fast, hawks with long tails. As raptors then tend to find spots with lots of bird activity and hang out there:

 

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