Friday, November 16, 2018

Cooper's Hawk (Accipiter cooperii)

                                                                                                    Photo by BarrytheBirder
Named by Charles Bonaparte...
Charles Bonaparte, a nephew of Napoleon Bonaparte, named this handsome hawk after William C. Cooper, a noted New York naturalist.   The one pictured above is a regular visitor to our King City backyard.   When it swoops in, all hell breaks loose, as every other bird in the yard frantically seeks shelter wherever they can find it.   The Cooper's is not always successful, but as evidenced by its beautiful appearance and size, above, it seems quite well fed.   And whenever the Cooper's Hawks are not around, there are smaller Sharp-shinned Hawks to take their place.
Please comment if you wish. 
Barry Wallace


  1. What a beautiful photo Barry! You are so luck to have them visit your backyard. I bet the chipmunks and squirrels hide somewhere and churp out the warning to the others.

  2. We get a Cooper's Hawk every spring in our backyard. Happy to see the rabbits-eating-everything problem fixed in just a few short weeks. Little is left behind for us to clean up too.