Cooper's Hawk 2011

Cooper's Hawk - Clackamas County

I found this Coopers Hawk in my yard several times in hot August 2011. It relaxed and let me snap a few pics! It was so hot and our pond offered the closets water. I have contacted the Audubon Society in Portland and they told me;Your friend is indeed a young, "2011 model", Cooper's Hawk. Birds of the year are brown with streaked breast until their second spring when they acquire a gray back and orange barring on the breast. The eye color turns orange and as it gets older will turn red. Your friend may have been hatched and raised right in your neighborhood as Cooper's Hawks breed across Oregon where suitable
habitat is found - often in city parks. It is usually late August when young birds are forced out of their home territory to fend for themselves. Cooper's Hawks eat primarily birds from sparrow-sized up to quail-sized.

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Anonymous says ... on Friday, Feb 17 at 10:42 AM

Davey....that's a hawk not an owl...check your reading glasses.

laurie says ... on Tuesday, Feb 14 at 11:31 AM

thanks for the photo, I was wondering what kind of hawk they were, saw one walking through a field off 224 one day after the mower came through and i couldn't tell what kind of bird it was. Was too funny seeing it waddle around the field!

Davey says ... on Tuesday, Feb 14 at 10:50 AM

Great pictures. I gained new respect for the intelligence of owls when I was a teenager out hunting many years ago. I happened to be walking down a logging road at the end of the day and I had an owl fly from branch to branch overhead watching me.

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