coopers hawk

Cooper’s Hawk Visits Us Today


11Dec2014_1b_Backyard-Hawk_Coopers-With-PigeonThis beautiful juvenile Cooper’s Hawk was having dinner in the alley beside our house this evening. At about 5:30pm our neighbor called and said she saw the hawk take the pigeon and now her was on the ground eating. I grabbed my camera and these photos document what I found. Enjoy! And just to let you know, I have received no reports about the whereabouts of the Boise peregrine falcons. No news is good news. Left-Click any of these photos to see them enlarged.

Juvenile Coopers Hawk at 19th and State Streets in Boise tonight.

Juvenile Coopers Hawk at 19th and State Streets in Boise tonight.

Juvenile Coopers Hawk

Juvenile Coopers Hawk

Juvenile Coopers Hawk

Juvenile Coopers Hawk

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GBBC Hawk ID


04Feb2013_1a_Backyard_Sharp_ShinYes. It has been a while! I can tell you this, though. The Boise downtown Peregrines have been spotted around town at different locations and they look healthy. The photo to the left is a Sharp-shinned Hawk that landed in our alley last February and has been seen around the area this year. He has left some “tell tale” signs. Robin forwarded this article to me about how to identify Coopers Hawk and a Sharp-shinned Hawk. It can be extremely difficult. Coopers Hawk and Sharp-shinned Hawk from Feederwatch. From the article,

Sharp-shinned (Accipiter striatus) and Cooper’s (Accipiter cooperii) hawks commonly prey on feeder birds, and they are frequently reported by FeederWatchers. Despite their common occurrence, these hawks present a significant identification problem for many beginning and intermediate (and even more advanced!) birders. There is great variation in plumage and in size for these two species. Therefore, perhaps more than any other similar-looking birds, no single field mark is likely to distinguish one species from the other. Instead, the careful observer must use a combination of field marks and draw from the overall “gestalt” of the hawk for proper identification. No field guide will substitute for plenty of practice in the field.

If you participate in Project FeederWatch, observed one of these two hawks during a FeederWatch count, and are not absolutely certain which hawk you observed, please report the bird as an “Accipiter sp.” (the genus in which these two species are classified).

If you are going to participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC), and this is a national event, you can get information from the site listed above. It is free and they do provide you with all the information and resource you will need. Cheers and Keep Looking Up!

Backyard Feeder Watch – 26 Oct


Cool and overcast day. Temperature at 49 degrees with a wind chill of 41 degrees. A hawk is flying around the neighborhood and keeps the Finches and the Siskins alert. They vacated the area for about 20 minutes at one time this morning as the raptor made a pass down the alley. I think it was our Coopers Hawk, but he was moving pretty fast. Robin did see a Downy Woodpecker this past week, so I decided to put out some suet with peanut butter on it. Do enjoy these photos and Keep Looking Up! With the change of seasons, comes a change in the backyard birds. Oh yes. Two Mountain Lions are prowling the area about 2 miles from here along the river. A large dog and one of the Puma met this past week in someone’s backyard. The dog is OK but you can see where the lion clawed him. The dog is lucky. Wonder what the lion looks like? The dog was Mastif sized. If you see the Mountain Lion, Stay Away!! Notify Boise PD or Fish and Game immediately. Don’t forget to look at these enlarged by Left-Clicking the photo.

Finches at the Sunflower feeder

Finches and Siskins at one of the seed feeders.

Oregon Junco on the fence.

Squirrel “spooking” a Finch. A ghostly image!