Watching Like A Hawk

By now, many of you know how much I love my little backyard birds. So, I was worried when I heard lots of bird sounds and saw this big hawk high up in a tree near my yard. I fear for the safety of the little song birds when predators are around. I have only seen a hawk one other time, and when I did, I had the misfortune to see it soar by holding his prey. I know it is a natural part of wildlife, but I don’t like to see it.

This is a Cooper’s hawk. He is fierce. He is magnificent. These hawks feed on small birds and mammals that they capture in surprise attacks. According to my Sibley field guide, they are 16.5 inches tall with a wing span of 31 inches and weigh 1 pound. They can be found year round in my area but are uncommon to see.

My hands were unsteady, but I managed to capture some shots of this large bird as he patiently surveyed his surroundings. I went back inside before I had to witness any action. The bird sounds settled, so he may have just flown away. At least that’s what I like to think.

Posted on February 23, 2016, in Observations, Photography and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. We saw a sparrowhawk sitting on our fence one day several years ago. He was beautiful, but we were glad he didn’t attack any of the small birds. We did have magpies trying to claw thebabies out of our blue tit nesting boxes in a later house. Hubby chased them off with a tea towel. Nature is cruel and hard sometimes.


  2. You got some good pictures of the hawk! We see one now and again, I think it is a red-tailed hawk. I can never get a good picture! 🙂


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