Hawk in January

by Richard Everitt
(Ottawa, Ontario, Canada)

Hawk with meal

Hawk with meal

This hawk was observed on January 14th, on the fence between my yard and our neighbours.

The hawk was about 5 metres from the patio door when I shot this picture.

It was eating some small animal - a squirrel or chipmunk?

It stayed there for about 20 minutes before leaving.

Can you identify for me the species of hawk?

This looks a lot like a Cooper's Hawk but I'm no expert.

I will also post this on our facebook page and perhaps one of our facebook followers will be able to identify this bird.

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Cooper's Hawk
by: Frank

Your yard bird is an adult, female Cooper's Hawk. Also keep an eye open this Winter for either it or perhaps Sharp-shinned Hawk to visit your yard. Keep those feeders full.

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