Cooper’s Hawk

I photographed this terribly impressive hawk (Accipiter cooperii) as I was preparing breakfast. Looking out my kitchen window, perched atop one of the branches of a Chinese flame tree on my parkway, I quickly snapped this photo from my digital camera. It had flown away when I looked up again seconds later.

The image is not the clearest, unfortunately, but if you click on it, you can get a better view of its plump chest with dark brown barring, white throat, and its banded tail. It feeds on other birds and small animals.

I try my best to have my camera near so that I may capture images like this. This is the first time that I’ve noticed (and memorialized) this visitor to my home. As an aside, even though my tree has shed most of its leaves, it proved to be a nice, albeit temporary, rest stop for this hawk!

For more information about this bird, check out this outstanding website (which also has sound and video of the Cooper’s hawk): http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Coopers_Hawk/id

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