Thursday, March 13, 2008

Cooper's Hawk

We have been seeing the Cooper's hawk more and more of late. I'm not conversant enough with the habits of hawks to know why he's suddenly showing up so much, but he has started landing on a certain branch in the neighbouring Garry Oak. The same spot on the same branch - every time.

Here is the section on Cooper's hawks from our bird book (one of the superlative Kaufman guides). These are great books, if you are looking for a bird or insect guide. Very good photographs. Anyhow, what we see is the adult male Cooper's hawk. In flight they are dramatic birds - with a strikingly beautiful underwing.

And here he is, sitting in his spot. See him there, perched at the top, sort of in the middle? That's our boy, minus dead starling.

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