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Cooper's Hawk

Accipiter cooperii

Description:

I know this is not the best picture, I was so surprised to see this large bird on my fence and just grabbed what I had to take a picture...he is large and his breast is white. His tail is banded with black and gray stripes.

Habitat:

This is my backyard, he didn't come to eat, he just landed on the fence and hung out a few minutes.

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7 Comments

Hema
Hema 9 years ago

I agree with Liam.

LauraSaenz
LauraSaenz 9 years ago

Thanks for the suggestions I didn't see any other color on him. He flew down and just sat on the fence, he was there maybe 2 minutes. I was so shocked to see a bird that big that close to the house.

I think looking at the link http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Coope...
and comparing it to the sharp shinned hawk, I do believe it was a coopers hawk. So exciting, I just got into bird watching the last few days. my younger girls wanted to feed the birds and I had no idea how many would come to our back yard-so awesome.

Liam
Liam 9 years ago

Definitely a Cooper's Hawk (Accipiter cooperii). The pale nape, general proportions, and approximate size give it away.

auntnance123
auntnance123 9 years ago

Just guessing here, but it may be a cooper's hawk; http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Coope...

That's what I thought but I cannot see any red on the breast from this angle. Laura, can you add anything more to the description, did you see any markings on the breast.

ClementDufour
ClementDufour 9 years ago

its a small accipiter. its really hard to tell a cooper's hawk from a sharpshinned hawk from that far away. its certainly too small to be a goshawk.

Looks like some kind of hawk or similar.

LauraSaenz
Spotted by
LauraSaenz

Magnolia, Texas, USA

Spotted on Feb 12, 2012
Submitted on Feb 12, 2012

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