"When we where feeding the birds the hawks never hunted. they just staked out our feeders full time.'<quoted text>When we where feeding the birds the hawks never hunted. they just staked out our feeders full time. They killed lots of cardinals. the number of birds that congreated at our feeders was much greater than those who gather around a mud puddle or tree full of berries( you already knew that anyhow) and at first there where just two then the sparrow hawk numbers increased I seen seven oneday sitting around patiently waiting for a easy meal. Thats when we stopped feeding the winter birds. We still feed the humming birds. Also those small sparrow hawks attracted larger hawks. and the larger Hawks want to kill my pigeons & chickens. I fasten up my poultry at nite. There are owls that hunt rats & mice I dont mind the owls because my poultry are safe from them.
The same can be said for alot of hunters, including the human kind who sit over a bait pile. When one needs to eat, I guess acquiring food becomes more important than the manner in which it is acquired.
If you saw seven hawks in one day, that doesn't mean they were different ones. It could have been the same bird coming and going.
Of course more birds will congregate at the feeders, but that doesn't mean more birds are killed by hawks. It only means you see it more.
I can't wait to start my owl hunt this weekend.