[Tweeters] "Our" Cooper's Hawk
byers345 at comcast.net
Tue Oct 9 20:39:24 PDT 2018
Beginning on September 5, we have been visited by a very
human-tolerant Cooper's Hawk 3 times. I'm pretty sure it's been the same
bird all 3 times, anyway. Each time the bird shows up in our backyard, we
can quietly watching, moving around with our cameras taking pictures, and
the hawk just does whatever it wants. Today I was outside doing a little
yard work and heard an almost sweet-sounding little call that I didn't
recognize. I looked around to see what bird could make that noise and there
was the Cooper's Hawk sitting about 20 feet away on a lattice. I slowly
stood and called Bill, who came with his camera. He took a few pictures,
then the bird started hopping along the fence railing, continuing to call.
Every so often it would pounce into one of our shrubs and passerines would
shoot out the bottom. It's a fairly long back fence and the hawk patrolled
the whole thing, finally sitting at the corner, from where it flew off.
Has anyone observed this behavior where the hawk calls softly while it's
stalking its prey? The bird kept up its little crooning call the whole time
it was in the yard this time (it hadn't done this previously).
The first 2 times we saw this hawk, it was in pristine
condition. This time something has happened to the feathers on its head.
I've created a Flickr album for some of the pictures we've taken of this
hawk. The first three are from Sept. 5, then two from Oct 2, and 4 from
If anyone is better is distinguishing different individual birds than I, and
you think there is more than one Cooper's Hawk, I would be curious to know.
Charlotte Byers, Edmonds
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