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The Hawk Has Landed - in the BackYard

So I was busy snapping the usual photos of squirrels and birds in the backyard when an hour later, after all the animals and birds had left, an extra big bird stopped by, one I've never seen before. Needless to say, I was all excited... until I read later they mainly feed on smaller birds.­čś▒
(I did not want to scare it away so the photos were taken through a glass door...)

These birds capture prey from cover or while flying quickly through dense vegetation, relying almost totally on surprise. One study showed that this is a quite dangerous hunting style. More than 300 Cooper's hawk skeletons were investigated and 23% revealed healed fractures in the bones of the chest. Cooper's hawks prey almost exclusively on small to mid-sized birds.

These Cooper's hawk are recognizable by their relatively long tail, (17–20.5 cm (6.7–8.1 in)
long), with dark bands, round-ended at the tip. They are native to the North American continent and found from Southern Canada to Northern Mexico.

Let's hope he doesn't stop by again anytime soon ;)...

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