Over the weekend I had a interesting visitor to the garden. After much research online I think this is a juvenile Cooper’s Hawk. Of course I could be wrong with the identification so feel free to correct me. I am no expert on birds but am always eager to learn whatever knowledge can be passed along my way. Wish I could of gotten a better photo of it. I was looking out the kitchen window yesterday morning when it flew into my patio and landed in the wheelbarrow of firewood I keep by the back door. Of course I was quite excited so I ran to grab my camera but it was hard to take a picture of it through the window so I tiptoed outside. Unfortunately not quietly enough because it quickly flew over to the fence post. This photo has been enlarged so you could see the beautiful markings on the back & tail. From what I gathered online they feed on medium sized birds and small mammals such as voles and mice. I’ve seen several of these this winter swooping into my yard which sends the birds at the feeders into a frenzy of flight. They have become quite common in suburban and urban areas over the years. Hopefully my feeders haven’t become a convenient buffet for their appetite. Nature is violent and beautiful all rolled into one package. For more information about this particular breed of birds you can go here.
A Predatory Visitor to the garden