Cooper’s Hawk (Accipiter cooperii)

12 April

A regularly seen hawk in our gardens, especially during the winter when they (and the rather similar Sharp-shinned Hawks) cruise the bird feeders seeking a snack. This Hawk had stouter legs than smaller Sharp-shinned Hawk and a broad white tipe its tail (see photograph). There is also greater contrast between the back and crown of the head but it is not always easy to distinguis the two species without close study.

A woodland specialist that can twist and turn with ease as it flise between trees and bushes in search of prey.