Accipiter cooperii and Colaptes auratus auratus
Cooper's Hawk after initial take down of Yellow-Shafted Northern Flicker Cooper's Hawks are medium-sized hawks with the classic accipiter shape: broad, rounded wings and a very long tail. Cooper’s Hawk's heads often appears large, the shoulders broad, and the tail rounded. Adults have steely blue-gray above with warm reddish bars on the underparts and thick dark bands on the tail. Juveniles are brown above and streaked with brown on the upper breast.
Wooded habitats from deep forests to leafy subdivisions and backyards.
This sighting and these photographs were taken on a Sunday afternoon, in a county park in the middle of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. I was with my wife and two grand kids ( ages 7 and 2) and we were there to see the wood ducks, and had just gone to see some owls. My wife took my grandkids to the swings and slides just about 150 meters from where this took place. There was a battle for life, as the northern flicker cried out and screamed and fought to escape. Those cries were heard by very few, I just happened to be in the right place at the right time to make this spotting. I had no idea before hand that a hawk was in the area.
Lat: 43.06, Long: -87.97
Spotted on Apr 29, 2012
Submitted on May 6, 2012
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