Another Rainy Morning – with a surprise Cooper’s Hawk!

As I woke up this morning, I could hear the rain drops fall on the bedroom window.   Bleary eyed, I walked over and opened the curtains.  There wasn’t much light – it was a dull cloudy rainy day.  I peered down toward my feeder and saw some house sparrows having breakfast – then my eyes noticed a large darker spot on my fence at the back of the yard….  I rubbed my eyes and eventually the image of a hawk jumped at me and I shrieked with surprise ( which woke my daughter from her sleep wondering what was wrong).  “Sorry! Nothing’s wrong!” I called as I ran downstairs to get my camera – “but there’s a raptor in our yard right now!”

I was scared he would be gone by the time I was able to grab my Canon, set it for the low light, and sneak out the back door.   I opened my door and was partially hiding behind the closest tree so as not to scare him off.  He was about 30 feet away when I poked my lens around the tree and within a second he saw me so I snapped fast before he flew away.  Needless to say, I was wide awake after that refreshing rain and excitement….  First Raptor in my backyard birding adventures! 😀

Coopers Hawk in the Rain
Coopers Hawk in the Rain
Soggy Coopers Hawk
Soggy Coopers Hawk
Coopers Hawk - Check out those talons!!
Coopers Hawk – Check out those talons!!

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  • Shannon

    September 26, 2015 at 7:21 am

    So majestic…and look at the size of his talons!

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