Thursday, January 24, 2008

walk with me wednesday hawk


Yesterday, a hawk came to visit. The blue jays announced his arrival. He was not hunting. He perched in the bushes.

I could not identify him/her. Sharp-shinned, or Cooper?...can you tell?


I took only two photographs...choosing instead to watch and listen. It is not every day that a hawk flies into my life, and I need to pay attention.


Manise said...

Nice shot! I'm thinking it's maybe an immature Goshawk because of the pronounced eye-stripe or an immature Cooper's hawk. It'll be interesting to see what everyone else thinks!

Cathy said...

M and I agree with Manise about it being an immature Goshawk (now I know why it took so long to open the comments - she just commented!!

Cooper's Hawks are declining so it would be rare to see a Coop - but how cool if you did (and who better to find it).

pacalaga said...

Fortunately for me, I get to see hawks almost every day. There is a pair (I don't know what kind) who lives in the giant old trees in my neighborhood, and they visit often. Recently I even saw a nest in a big ol' tree right on a major street in the middle of town!

Joanne said...

Wow! I see hawks in the sky all the time in KY, but not close up. This is a great shot. My favorite bird of prey story is that once, when we lived in Durham, NC, my husband was grilling something on the back deck. My dog and I came outside, and there, just a few feet above my husband's head, was a 2 foot tall barn owl. Right in town, at dusk, looking straight at us. Eventually, it got nervous and flew off. It was a once in a lifetime experience!

cindy said...

Can't name the hawk, but thanks for the closeup. Must have been pure joy to see the hawk in person.

vi said...

i think it may be a sharp shin
we get them a lot here
they jump around through the dense underbrush after smaller birds
i haven't seen any other hawks that do that

maybe send the picture to a raptor trust or rehab?


Lisa at Greenbow said...

It would be easier to tell if we knew the size. Those long pencil legs look sharpie-like. Coopers have thicker legs. Hmmmm... What ever it is a treat to see these handsome birds up close.

Sharon said...

Great photos! Sorry can't help with ID, if it was an Australian bird, I may be more help!

Beth S. said...

How exciting! I only ever see red-tails. Not that I am complaining, because I love them... :-)

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