Immature Cooper’s Hawk

In North America, the name Chicken Hawk has been attributed variously to the Red-tailed Hawk, Cooper’s Hawk, Sharp-shinned Hawk and probably any other bird thought to have a penchant for raiding the chicken coop. I believe the bird in question in this case is  an immature Cooper’s Hawk based on its size, the fine streaking on its breast and pale throat. And it wasn’t a chicken coop it was raiding, but rather it was a tomato patch in West Addison in which it had become entangled, likely while chasing a small bird or rodent into it. These pictures were taken while thick gloves were retrieved to help with its extraction, but it turns out the gloves were not needed as just the act of moving the wire a bit gave this bird enough room to get away unharmed.

– Ron Payne

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