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Cooper's Hawk

Accipiter cooperii


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. Both species are sometimes unwanted guests at bird feeders, looking for an easy meal (but not one of sunflower seeds).


ChristyHolland 6 years ago

Hey Donna! I'd love you to add this spotting to the raptor mission! When I commented a year ago, the mission was only for Colorado. We've come a long way, baby!! ;-)

DonnaPomeroy 8 years ago

Thanks for your sharp eyes. I should have looked a little closer and not just assumed that since I see Harriers at this location all the time, that this bird was another Harrier. Normally they are flying and I see the obvious white rump patch. We don't see Cooper's Hawks around here very often, so this is an especially nice sighting.

ChristyHolland 8 years ago

Beautiful shot! I believe, however, that this is a Cooper's Hawk...would love someone else to give an opinion...

KarenL 8 years ago

Great spot!

Maria dB
Maria dB 8 years ago


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San Mateo, California, USA

Lat: 37.51, Long: -122.48

Spotted on Feb 2, 2012
Submitted on Feb 3, 2012

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