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Cooper's Hawk

Accipiter cooperii

Description:

Among the bird world’s most skillful fliers, Cooper’s Hawks are common woodland hawks that tear through cluttered tree canopies in high speed pursuit of other birds. You’re most likely to see one prowling above a forest edge or field using just a few stiff wingbeats followed by a glide. With their smaller lookalike, the Sharp-shinned Hawk, Cooper’s Hawks make for famously tricky identifications. Both species are sometimes unwanted guests at bird feeders, looking for an easy meal (but not one of sunflower seeds).

Notes:

This poor bird had apparently hit a window or building. It obviously had a broken neck. I felt it appropriate to share with all my friends on Project Noah. What a shame.

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13 Comments

Hema
Hema 7 years ago

Just seems such a waste. These are beautiful birds.
Road kills make me sad too.

JimJohnson2
JimJohnson2 7 years ago

Hi Ashley. It's macabre and interesting at the same time! Thanks for sharing!

JimJohnson2
JimJohnson2 7 years ago

Thanks Naturalist Amanda. Didn't know this and I feel something was learned by me as a result of my experience. Thank you.

JimJohnson2
JimJohnson2 7 years ago

Thank you, Jemma. I felt bad. It's always worse when man's intrusion into nature causes this kind of incident. :(

Hema
Hema 7 years ago

R.I.P dear bird.

NaturalistAmanda
NaturalistAmanda 7 years ago

One interesting note about the Cooper's Hawk is that there is a small knob under the third digit which is unique to this bird. This stubby knob is a giveaway that the accipiter is definitely a Cooper's Hawk.

Reference: http://www.themodernapprentice.com/coope...

AshleyT
AshleyT 7 years ago

Haha, just a little after Halloween! No idea how long it had been up before I saw it, but we've had 40+ mph winds on several occasions and she's still there! http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/710...

JimJohnson2
JimJohnson2 7 years ago

Hi Ashley. It wasn't on Halloween was it? Nevermore! (Oops that was a raven. Shades of Poe)

AshleyT
AshleyT 7 years ago

I agree with it being a Cooper's. A few weeks ago I went into my front yard and noticed a dead female great-tailed grackle hanging by one foot in a tree. Passerines (the song birds) have feet that automatically lock when they land on a branch. This gal somehow died on the branch and is still hanging there, been there for at least a month now lol

JimJohnson2
JimJohnson2 7 years ago

Unfortunately, Jeannette, the hawk was deceased. We returned him to the environment as required under federal law. Really sad. I felt bad about it. What a beautiful creature.

JimJohnson2
JimJohnson2 7 years ago

Thanks, Ashley. It seemed like such a shame and I didn't want the remains to just be forgotten, so I figured I'd share, even though it had died. I was pretty sure it was probably a Cooper's Hawk, but I figured all the experts out there could confirm for me. Thanks for the comment!

AshleyT
AshleyT 7 years ago

Poor guy, unfortunately this happens all the time. Thanks for sharing though! I would love to have one of these in my backyard to take out some of the house sparrows that eat all the seed I put out ;)

flynn.jeannette
flynn.jeannette 7 years ago

Is it dead

JimJohnson2
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JimJohnson2

Pennsylvania, USA

Spotted on Dec 2, 2013
Submitted on Dec 2, 2013

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