Sunday, August 9, 2009

Cooper's Hawk Comes for Breakfast

We have seen some large birds circling over the woods this summer, but this morning I had a visitor on the deck. It was a Cooper's Hawk, accipiter cooperii, which is not uncommon in Michigan in the summer. It migrates into Michigan in the summer, being found further south most of time -- all the way to Mexico. This bird is still brown, which means it is a juvenile.

The hawk was attracted to the deck by the small birds (sparrows, finches) that are on our bird feeder. The rainy weather the last few days has caused a population explosion at the feeder, and attracted a predator.

[Yes, this is my second avian post in two days. Choose your own pun ... going to the birds, ...bird brain, ...nest-cafe for breakfast, ...nevermore.]