Uncommon visitor

December 23, 2008

We had, what I THINK is, a Cooper’s Hawk visit us yesterday!  I was folding laundry and happened to glance out the window and saw this young bird sitting on our back fence.  I took the photos through the slider and kitchen window, for fear that opening the door would have frightened him/her away.  I checked my bird book and it’s either a Cooper’s Hawk or a Sharp Shinned Hawk.  They like to eat small birds, which we have an abundance of.  Small flocks gather at the feeders regularly, but with the snow, we’ve got even more now.  I’m happy to report that the hawk decided to dine elsewhere.  I don’t know how I would have reacted to seeing one of my precious Juncos or Grosbeaks or Towhees getting plucked up!

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