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This Cooper’s Hawk has been occasionally frequenting the large Oaks and Hickory Trees along the shoreline of the 101 acre private community lake here in Cumberland County, TN.  I have been told that The Cooper’s Hawk was here a week ago, but I did not see the hawk then.  I took these pictures from my window yesterday (3/3/11) at about 4:45 PM.  An adult Cooper’s Hawk is the size of large crow and really may look larger due to its winter feathers.  The young  Cooper’s Hawk will have yellowish eyes, while the adult Cooper’s Hawk has red eyes.  From the looks of the large feet, that bird has powerful claws and carrying power!  The Cooper’s Hawk  mostly eats songbirds, and is known to hunt near bird feeder stations.  My backyard certainly has some unique visitors.  There almost is never a dull moment here on the lake!  Please click on the thumbnail version to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

Comments on: "A Cooper’s Hawk Visits the Shoreline of the Lake" (9)

  1. We have a lot of red-tailed hawks aound, this looks a bit like one of those. These hawks are so hard to tell apart!

    • Hi Ginny, Yes the hawks can be quite similar. The Cooper’s Hawk is small much like you would expect a Falcon to be. The Cooper’s Hawk is about the same in size as a big crow or a raven. Have a wonderful day tomorrow!

  2. You got some very good shots of that guy! What a pretty bird!

    I had a pleasant phone call today from a friend in the Forest Service who asked me if I would participate in an observation program for Peregrine Falcons over the next few months. Did I ever jump at that chance!

  3. Hi Montucky, Good for you! How wonderful! Have a super day tomorrow!

  4. Beautiful hawk pictures, Linda… They are beautiful birds –but I don’t like them eating my backyard birds –especially those cute little Mourning Doves…
    Hugs,
    Betsy

  5. What a beautiful bird!

    • Hi Kateri, Yes it is a splendid looking bird. This bird has been in my backyard Oak twice today and once yesterday when I snapped its picture. Have a great day tomorrow!

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