Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Juvenile Hawk (Sharp-shinned or Coopers)

Juvenile hawk
This bird is either a juvenile Sharp-shinned Hawk (Accipiter striatus) or a juvenile Cooper's Hawk (Accipiter cooperii). It flew in to the yard this morning and landed next to the pond. These hawks hunt birds, and with our new feeders, we have a yard full of their favorite meals. After the pirate took this photo, the hawk flew to the top of the bird feeder and waited. There wasn't a goldfinch or grosbeak to be found. It left. Later in the day, all of the birds scattered in a wing blurring hurry, the hawk did a fly by just above the ground. We suspect we'll be seeing more of this beauty in the future.

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