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Coopers hawk

Accipiter cooperii


Strong bird with dark bands on the tail.


Beautiful bird! Took me forever to get it out of my screened in porch unharmed. My Springer Spaniel was very inquisitive.

2 species ID suggestions

Cooper's Hawk
Accipiter cooperii Identifying Cooper's and Sharp-shinned Hawks


Kellyspubvista 6 years ago

Thank you Herzog! Have a nature filled day.

ceherzog 6 years ago

Welcome to PN Kelly!

ChristyHolland 6 years ago

Anytime! ;-)

Kellyspubvista 6 years ago

Just deleted one. Think I got it now. Well until next time... Thanks again.

ChristyHolland 6 years ago

Hey Kelly, I see you just added this spotting a 2nd time...and put it in the Raptor mission. You can just edit THIS spotting and put it in the can click "edit spotting" then on the right side, just click on the mission you joined and re-save the spotting. No need to re-submit the spotting! ;-)

Jellis 6 years ago

they do get into things. I encountered one once that was trapped in a quail recall trap. While confined it ate the quail.

Kellyspubvista 6 years ago

I'm brand new at this and I thank you very much for the information and patience.
Tell me if anything isn't correct now.

ChristyHolland 6 years ago

How exciting!! That's a big catch!! ;-) As Karen asked, would you please change the common and scientific name per her instructions below, and only use the name of the bird in the future. When you check the "unknown" box on a spotting, it puts it in a category where people will help identify what you've got. Once you have the species and common name, it removes it from the unknown list and becomes part of the Noah database. Also, I would love you to add this spotting to the mission Raptors of North America:
Thank you!

Kellyspubvista 6 years ago

Great site on the Cooper's Hawk. You can learn soooo much from Project Noah.

EmilyMarino 6 years ago

This is a juvenile Cooper's Hawk! They are bird eaters and often catch prey on the fly. It probably went after a bird and got stuck in your screened in porch. Young and inexperienced! Luckily he had you to get him out of this situation!

KarenL 6 years ago

Welcome to Project Noah Kelly!
What a great encounter! This is actually a Coopers hawk. Please can you update the ID in edit with the correct common & scientific name. We would also appreciate it if you could just add the name in future - any additional info should go in the notes.

Kellyspubvista 6 years ago

Thanks guys!

Columbia, South Carolina, USA

Lat: 34.03, Long: -81.04

Spotted on Jan 21, 2013
Submitted on Jan 21, 2013

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