LOOK who I had to chase away this morning! I just happened to be doing dishes when it flew up right outside my window! So big! I’ve never seen one up so close before! It is beautiful but too fierce to be around my backyard birds and squirrels and bunnies! I’m glad my yard has so many hiding spots for all the little creatures! I have been watching a hard working squirrel move her babies from nest to nest this week- maybe she had already spotted this hawk and was working to protect them! I want my yard to be their sanctuary!
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.