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Cooper's Hawk

Accipiter cooperii

Description:

Dark gray back with an orange-barred belly. The top of the head has a gray cap, and the eyes are dark red.

Habitat:

Suburban neighborhood

Notes:

I have a confession: I put out bird feeders, not for the colorful songbirds, but for the predators. I live in a condo complex and for two years I have enjoyed various sparrows, finches and doves. We have lots of kingbirds, corvids, robins and say's phoebes in the area too. I see the occasional buteo fly over our complex but the more built up things get the less wildlife I see. This morning I was leaving the house and saw a cute red house finch sitting on a limb by the feeder. I grabbed my camera from my car and when I turned around to take the picture there was another bird in my viewfinder. I finally got predators at my feeder! This handome coop didn't stay long but I am hoping he will return.

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5 Comments

AshleyT
AshleyT 5 years ago

As long as the squirrel goes to a good cause :)

EmilyMarino
EmilyMarino 5 years ago

My best guess was a dove. Light grey with blackened tips. It's been raining here a lot so I haven't had a chance to look closely. Hopefully he gets the damn squirrel that has showed up recently too! ;)

AshleyT
AshleyT 5 years ago

Haha that's what I'm here for, have to call you out on stuff like that! That's great! Could you tell what bird they were from?

EmilyMarino
EmilyMarino 5 years ago

Haha! I totally did Ashley! (Thanks for calling me out!) I was lazy posting late at night, go easy on me! I found feathers and breakfast leftovers on my sidewalk this morning too so hopefully he will stick around!

AshleyT
AshleyT 5 years ago

Awesome that you finally got one! You totally stole my description too haha!

EmilyMarino
Spotted by
EmilyMarino

Colorado, USA

Spotted on May 2, 2015
Submitted on May 4, 2015

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