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Cooper's hawk (juv)

Accipiter cooperii


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


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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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 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 7 years ago

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

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 7 years ago

He may have picked up avian conjunctivitis or worse from eating feeder birds :(

KarenSaxton 7 years ago

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

James McNair
James McNair 7 years ago

Gorgeous images

KarenSaxton 7 years ago

Beautiful subject and very cooperative. I wish they were all this easy to capture! 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

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North Bend, Oregon, United States

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

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