Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Cooper's Hawk on the wire

Looked out my window today, and saw a young Cooper's Hawk. Must have been all the rain and smells stirred up some interest from this predator.


Here are some facts:

(Accipiter Cooperii)
Description: Distinguished from other woodland hawks by a larger head; longer rounded tail and shorter rounded wings. In adults, there is a stronger contrast between back and crown.


Habitat: Prefers mixed woodlands, or streamside groves.
Diet: Preys on songbirds, small mammals, reptiles and amphibians.
Displays: Courtship flight with wings in a deep arc.
Nest: Broad and flat or narrow and deep. Made of sticks and twigs and lined with wood
chips, down, strips of outer bark or green conifer needles.
Eggs: Bluish- white or greenish- white. Usually spotted with brown.
Natural history notes: Uncommon, and may be declining.



Of course, these birds may come and go at will, perched and holding tight until prey is in sight.




And then they are gone....





2 comments:

Connie said...

Beautiful photo, Nina - down below the hawk is lovely, too.
Missing you - are you okay?

n warner said...

Hi Connie,

Nice to hear from you....Great shot of you - very glamourous!
Doing fine....just not a lot going on to wanna write about. Your work continues to be wonderful!

Nina