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Cooper's hawk (juv)

Accipiter cooperii

Description:

Roughly 20 inch length. This young hawk has an injured/infected left eye. He is either extremely "tame" or not well. Has been catching many sparrows from the neighbor's feeder, but allows us to get within 15-20 feet without looking upset, At one point he flew over my head, wings brushing my hair gently

Notes:

I ended up taking 92 photos and whittling my collection of this bird down to about 50. I'll have two spottings worth.

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9 Comments

KarenSaxton
KarenSaxton 7 years ago

I'm only there once a week - and not at all this weekend. And rumor has it our local rehabber is going under :(

ForestDragon
ForestDragon 7 years ago

You might check with local wildlife rehabilitators if there is anything further than needs to be done. If s/he is still able to fly and catch and eat prey, that is good. But keep an eye out in case the bird becomes more debilitated. Sometimes they just need a little extra TLC.

QWMom
QWMom 7 years ago

Yes very sad :( Hope for the best for this youngster!

KarenSaxton
KarenSaxton 7 years ago

Now that's sad. My mom's area has quite a few house sparrows, but I haven't seen any looking ill. They're all quite robust and happy. I will have her let her neighbor know to watch for it

QWMom
QWMom 7 years ago

He may have picked up avian conjunctivitis or worse from eating feeder birds :( http://www.birds.cornell.edu/hofi/recogn...

KarenSaxton
KarenSaxton 7 years ago

Thank you. His lack of fear was amazing, unsettling even.

James McNair
James McNair 7 years ago

Gorgeous images

KarenSaxton
KarenSaxton 7 years ago

Beautiful subject and very cooperative. I wish they were all this easy to capture! http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/807... this is my other series, taken at my mom's house. I got a couple really nice close ups

Great spotting Karen,beautifull portrait,congrats and thanks for sharing

KarenSaxton
Spotted by
KarenSaxton

North Bend, Oregon, United States

Spotted on Sep 7, 2014
Submitted on Sep 10, 2014

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