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Documentation of Cooper's Hawk

Observer Information

Reporter:  Mark Rudnick 
Other Observers:  none;

Species, Date, Time and Location Information

Species:  Cooper's Hawk
First Date/Time:  11/9/2012
Last Date/Time: 
Duration (total time in view):  2 hours
County:  Denver
Specific Location:  my house -- 1330 South Garfield St.
Number:  1
Age:  Unknown
Sex:  Male
Plumage:  Other/Unknown


Viewing Conditions

Distance:  20 feet
Light:  Lighting was indirect due to the location between houses.

Description of the Bird

Most distinctive characteristic was a wide rust-colored chest barred with white accents. Also notable was the thick rust-colored plumage half-way down the legs.
Behaviors: I first noticed the hawk from about 30 feet away while it was standing on a pidgeon carcass in a secluded spot between my house and the house next door. It remained motionless so I ran into the house, grabbed a still camera and came out my front which was just out of view. I stepped into view about 20 feet away and snapped some photos. The hawk seemed relatively unfazed and would feed and stand alert intermittently. I ran back into the house and got my video camera and took some hand-held video. The bird continued that same behavior, so I then got a tripod for the video camera and over an hour's worth of great footage before the hawk burst into flight with the carcass to a tree across the street.
Call: did not hear any vocalization
Plumage: slate blue above; barred rusty below

Similar Species Discussion

I found the near-exact likeness of the bird in my Audubon Field Guide.

Resources Used

Again, the Audubon Field Guide (to North American Birds).

Previous Experience

First-ever sighting.



Additional Information

Time: 1:00pm
Other Dates:
Nearest Town: Denver
Independent Observers:

Date Documentation Submitted

11/11/2012 10:07:00 PM

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