Thursday, January 31, 2013

Cooper's Hawk

Cooper's hawk, photo by Sophie Matta

Caught with the kill!

What a surprise to see this Cooper's Hawk in the backyard!
Unbelievably a Cooper's Hawk landed in our back yard after catching a bird.  While we do have 100 year old trees in our neighbourhood, the bird book lists these hawks as 'uncommon' and I have never seen in our yard before! The bird has a large head, rounded tail and a white terminial tailband. The Handyman was so excited that the pictures are slightly out of focus.
Goodness knows he had time to focus.  He said the hawk stay for about an hour eating and digesting the bird it had caught. Maybe it's time to take down the bird feeder!