This is a Nesting coopers hawk who has a nest at John James Audubon Center
Located in a tree next to a sidewalk on a busy local street, these Cooper’s hawk chicks were well fed by their parents. Not bothered by passers by or local photographers, they grew up fast and all fledged soon after these photos were taken!
Adult is sort of hidden in back of 2 young Cooper’s Hawks. One young is much bigger than other. Perhaps male to female difference. Seem to be getting close to fledging.
Nested in Sleepy Hollow in 2016 so expecting to do so again. Different tree nest than that year, however.
This year has been a whirlwind of activity for our family of Coopers Hawks. At first we thought we had 2 fledglings and their parents, but have since realized that there are 5 total. We are surrounded by woods, and these amusing birds have been seen darting in and out of the grass and bushes, sitting in a puddle, hanging out on low branches, sitting and walking and even resting on our back deck railings and swing set and are seen working on their flying techniques. Parents have been keeping an ever watchful eye on the youngsters and have been teaching them how to hunt as well. They must be very comfortable here as we have been able to walk slowly past them while they are sitting in the puddle aka their “hot tub”!
I like to sit an watch the birds at the back yard feeder. However, occasionally we are visited by this hawk looking for an easy meal which is usually one of the overly plump morning doves that show up for the same reason.
During the winter, a Cooper’s Hawk always comes to my backyard to hang out in the Crabapple tree and scare my birds away. Sometimes, it gets dinner. This particular time, I was able to sneak up on it and get some good although graphic photos of him tearing apart a Dark Eyed Junco. When it was done, it flew onto the fence and turned it’s head completely around!
Is this a Coopers or Red tail Hawk