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Cooper’s Hawk

Posted on Oct 13, 2015

I have been posting many photos of migrant songbirds lately, and here is one of their predators – the Cooper’s Hawk (Accipiter cooperii). This raptor of the forest is an extremely agile and talented flier, able to navigate through thick woodlands in pursuit of prey. You may recognize them from your yard as they are frequent bird feeder guests, targeting hungry passerines. They seem to be less adept at capturing prey in open areas like this one, unable to fully utilize their maneuverability and relative speed as they do in more dense habitat to surprise and outwit songbirds. This bird had just unsuccessfully targeted a flock of Brown-headed Cowbirds, missing all targets despite a prolonged chase.

Cooper's Hawk flight SFP-2309

Scott Kruitbosch
Conservation & Outreach Coordinator