Cooper's Hawk - Lovely Raptor Here in Winter!
Even during winter, we have a variety of residents that drop in to rest or roost here at the Carillon Stonegate Ponds. Here is a Cooper's Hawk that roosted in one of our backyard trees.
The Cooper’s Hawk is a medium-sized hawk. It has the classic accipiter shape: broad, rounded wings and a noticeably long tail. They have a large head, broad shoulders, and a rounded tail.
One of their noteworthy characteristics when they roost is their upright posture. The Cooper’s Hawk has bluish-gray upper-parts with a contrasting black cap and a red eye. Its underparts are pale with dense rufous or reddish barring. Also, note their small bill which is strongly hooked.
We are very fortunate to have a variety of wetland, forest and prairie environments conducive to a variety of birds and other wildlife, plants and insects.
Take a hike and see what you can find – and identify!