The view from my kitchen window is fabulously distracting! I was in the midst of making a salad for dinner one night recently, when I happened to glance out the window. The yard was eerily quiet and not a bird in sight! That’s when I noticed this immature Cooper’s hawk. He sat atop the bird feeder station, silently looking around for some dinner. I grabbed my camera and took these photos through the kitchen window. This bird of prey is quite a sight! Especially in flight!
There are two smallish look-alike hawks in our area. They can be tricky to sometimes tell apart. My best guess would be that I was looking at an immature Cooper’s hawk. They have yellow eyes according to my bird guide. The other hawk I’ve seen here is the slightly smaller Sharp-shinned hawk. I don’t see either one of them very often these days. In past years, they were regular visitors and I’ve seen them nab some small birds in the yard on numerous occassions. They are quick, and strike suddenly! This time however, he saw me move near the window and instantly disappeared into the forest right after after looking straight at me!
Are there any predatory birds in your neighborhood?