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Cooper's Hawk (Juvenile)

Accipiter cooperii


A medium-sized hawk with the classic accipiter shape: broad, rounded wings and a very long tail. In Cooper’s Hawks, the head often appears large, the shoulders broad, and the tail rounded. Adults are steely blue-gray above with warm reddish bars on the underparts and thick dark bands on the tail. Juveniles are brown above and crisply streaked with brown on the upper breast, giving them a somewhat hooded look compared with young Sharp-shinned Hawks' more diffuse streaking.


rural backyard along coast


This first-year Cooper's Hawk was perched in our yard most of the morning with several failed attempts to get one of the birds coming to our feeders. It was driven off from it's excellent perch by an adult Cooper's Hawk.

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26 Comments (1–25)

antondazomb 11 years ago

amazing shot

Braulio Rivas Tapia
Braulio Rivas Tapia 11 years ago

U should put it on the mission: Global Flight!

LuisStevens 11 years ago

Great series! Congrats Donna.

LeanneGardner 11 years ago

Congratulations Donna. Really beautiful bird & fantastic shots.

Liam 11 years ago

Congrats on SOTD! Well deserved!

Fyn  Kynd
Fyn Kynd 11 years ago

Awesome spot! Congrats!

Atul 11 years ago

Congratulations ... beautiful spotting :)

CyndeeOgle 11 years ago

Great pictures, how wonderful that you saw it in your own yard!

Maria dB
Maria dB 11 years ago

Congratulations, Donna! I'm so glad this series was chosen as SOTD.

ceherzog 11 years ago

wow..nice they have blue eyes?

Jeannette 11 years ago

Wonderful captures, congratulations :)

Harsha Singh
Harsha Singh 11 years ago

Amazing shots Donna. Congrats.

DonnaPomeroy 11 years ago

Thank you all for the nice compliments.

Jellis 11 years ago

Congratulations Donna nice shots.

MacChristiansen 11 years ago

congratulations Donna, great series

Wild Things
Wild Things 11 years ago

Awesome! Congratulations!!

Sachin Zaveri
Sachin Zaveri 11 years ago


YukoChartraw 11 years ago

What a spectacular series! Congratulations!

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 11 years ago

Oh wow stoning series very nice congratulations Donna :)

NuwanChathuranga 11 years ago

great series, Congratulations Donna!

Great capture Donna,beautiful bird,congrats on the SOTD,well deserved indeed,thanks for sharing

Josh Asel
Josh Asel 11 years ago

Congratulations beautiful spotting and picture taking!

peter 11 years ago

Thanks for sharing your incredible encounter with this beautiful raptor, Donna. Congrats on a well deserved spotting of the day!


"This stunning, juvenile Cooper’s hawk is an accipiter, a small to medium-sized hawk of swift flight. This particular bird of prey is found in North America.
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."

ChristyHolland 11 years ago

Wonderful series, Donna!!

EmilyMarino 11 years ago

Love it!

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Half Moon Bay, California, United States

Spotted on Dec 1, 2012
Submitted on Dec 1, 2012

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