A pair of Pine Siskins seem to be on the lookout as they perched above the water feature at The Ranch in Montana in the warm morning sun. They had every reason to be concerned. A Cooper’s hawk was in the vicinity. Fortunately for the Pine Siskins that morning, the Cooper’s hawk was young and had not yet honed its hunting skills to perfection, so it made several unsuccessful passes over the flock in the water. Although he wasn’t successful while I was there, the Siskins were still a bit wary and I’ve heard that after a couple of days of practice, The Cooper’s hawk eventually managed to seize one of the Siskins who dropped its guard.