Saturday, September 5, 2009

Cooper's Hawk

Totally surprised by a Cooper's Hawk just sitting quietly in a shrub in the Magic Hedge by Montrose today. We knew one was in the area as we saw it last week in a "flyby". But it is so much more satisfying to be able to watch one, close up, for awhile.

It eventually flew over to a taller tree and kept an eye out - in all directions - for brunch. There was also a kestrel in the area (we only saw it as a "swoopby", though). Two raptors in the area sure kept the warblers, flycatchers, and sparrows on their toes. They were all fairly quiet and kept somewhat still and hidden behind leaves. The notable exception were the goldfinch. They never are quiet -- I think they are singing out "We taste like lemons - you don't want to eat us." ;)


  1. LOL at what the goldfinches are singing! Optimistic-sounding buggers, aren't they?!

  2. What a magnificent bird! That first shot is amazing.

  3. I just saw one of these on the building across from me, not more than 20 feet where I'm sitting. Thanks to your blog I was able to identify it in 30s with a Google image search for hawk bird watching chicago. Thanks!