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Sunday, March 31, 2013

a rare visit from a cooper's hawk









Last Saturday morning we noticed the absence of birds at the feeders and realized there was a new visitor to our back yard.

The photos are fuzzy as they are taken through the windows (dirty) and with a short lens.


I enlarged this photo for a better look.

This bird was sitting in the fir tree and stayed for a long while. 
I got out my camera and took a couple of photos before it flew away and we got out the binoculars and watched it closely.

I also got out my bird book which was no help at all.
I really need to get a new one.  Next,  I went to Google and found out it was a Cooper's Hawk.

It knew where it's next meal might be coming from.
I guess they enjoy smaller birds in their diet. 


We see lots of hawks, eagles and turkey vultures around here, usually flying over the fields looking for food, but this is the first time I've seen one in our yard.

For more information and a good picture of this Cooper's Hawk check out this link ~ Cooper's Hawk ~ and click on the tab for "overview" for information.


Today I was walking in the yard and looking for signs of spring and startled about 40 birds feeding on the ground.  I looked up and saw the hawk flying overhead.  Maybe it scared the birds too!

I am feeling well again and was able to attend both Easter services and sing my little heart out in the choir.  Thank you all for your sweet comments of concern!  
I hope you have a wonderful week.

Blessings,

Pamela







26 comments:

  1. Great photos of your Cooper's Hawk! Glad to hear you are feeling better and that you were able to sing with the choir! Happy Easter!

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  2. Good news . . . happy to hear you are feeling better!
    The Cooper Hawk is a handsome one . . .

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  3. Glad you are feeling better! Cool shots of the hawk. I do feel sorry for your little yardbirds. Have a happy day!

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  4. Pamela ~ so glad you are feeling better. The cooper hawk descends upon our back yard every once in a while too. We also have chicken hawks. I have to watch my little Chico as he is a prime target for these hawks.

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  5. Glad you're feeling better!! I guess you'll be hoping that hawk doesn't stay around for long!

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  6. Very glad that you are feeling better and that you had the opportunity to enjoy the services yesterday.

    The hawk looks like a majestic fellow; however, I would be just as content if he'd move on and leave your birdies alone.

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  7. Glad you are feeling better, I have never seen coopers hawk around here our birds all move out when there are crows around, the little ones do.
    Merle.....

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  8. We have Sharp Shinned hawks at our feeders. They like the mourning doves. Glad you were able to attend Easter services and take care:)

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  9. Glad you were able to make it to the Sunday Easter service.
    Our yard is the same as Jen's above with sharp shinned hawks. We did have an unusual visitor the other evening, a huge opossum sniffing around the gardens. 10-15 years ago they were not this far north.
    Judith

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  10. Glad you're feeling better. We have hawks that hang out very close...too close for comfort for the critters in our yard.
    Farmhouse hugs,
    Cindy

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  11. Pam, I'm so glad you are feeling better and was able to attend both church services!
    That hawk looks like he has found plenty to eat.
    Have a great week
    xoxo Barb

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  12. Thank goodness you're feeling better! Your photos of the hawk are amazing, I've never seen a Cooper's hawk before.

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  13. I'm glad you knew the hawk's name as I don't know the different types.

    It's good to hear you're feeling better!

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  14. Glad you could sing your heart out, Pamela! I'm not familiar with the Coopers hawk. : )

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  15. Nice capture! He's a pretty hawk, but I wouldn't want him eating my little feathered friends.
    Glad you were able to go to Easter services.

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  16. Glad you were up and about and able to enjoy Easter. This is the first I've seen or heard of a Cooper's hawk...thanks for sharing!

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  17. I'm glad you're feeling better. What great photos you got and wow! It must have been such a thrill to see it in your yard. I saw a hawk, different from that one, in my yard a few years back, it was wonderful!
    Hugs, Cindy

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  18. So glad you're better.
    I had never heard of or seen a Coopers Hawk before.
    You really got a clear, nice shot of him.
    Too bad he can't find mice to eat!

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  19. That's awesome! I wish I'd get a hawk to stop by like that!

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  20. I hope the hawk moves on and leaves all the sweet birds alone and alive!

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  21. Amazing photos Pamela. So glad you are feeling better.

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  22. I'm so glad you're feeling better. Great news!

    Yes, Cooper's hawks do enjoy eating little birds and are quite adept at catching them. Is amazing how fast little birds scatter when they realize there's a predator close by.

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  23. Hi Pamela,
    So very glad to hear that you are on the mend! Great photo! I have never seen one before...Thank you for sharing.
    All the Best,
    Christine

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  24. Glad you got to spot one! We used to have that kind visit our yard all the time when we lived on the acreage. At our new place, we have a pair of red-shoulder hawks that cruise through the neighborhood on a regular basis. These birds will also hunt out rodents and young squirrels.

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  25. Great shop - birds are difficult to catch aren't they? We have a red-tailed hawk who visits frequently - catches squirrels and has breakfast on a large oak branch in the back garden! I think our pesky voles have disappeared because of him too - fine with me!!!!

    Hugs - Mary

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  26. Hi Pamela, glad to hear you are feeling better. One thing I've found each year we go away....I return home and end up sick. This time it was some kind of flu bug, I've been in bed for 5 days. This am is my first time out and I'm feeling like heading back already. Each day I can hear from the window another bird returning to the feeders, a sure sign. I've never spotted one of these but sounds like the others are keeping an eye on him.

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