Cooper’s Hawk

We’ve had a feeder up since Christmas, and are attracting lesser goldfinches, house finches, fox sparrows, white-crowned sparrows, juncos, mourning doves and California towhees.

And now, their chittering attracted the attention of the neighborhood Cooper’s hawk population.

We’d previously seen one standing at the edge of and in the birdbath, and they’re frequently observed perching on utility poles during our walks.

Cooper’s hawks use surprise as a way to get groceries, deftly flying through hedges and trees with narrow wings to pop up below, above or in front of unsuspecting birds. 

The sight of a Cooper’s hawk zipping through the pergola in pursuit of lunch is not soon forgotten

Published by Mashabu

Earnest observer of our natural world.

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