Saturday, July 25, 2015


My neighbor, Lori Down the Block, had a lucky break the other day. She has a nice fountain in her front yard, directly out from her kitchen sink where she does dishes. As she was doing that on Thursday she glanced up and saw this out the window.

This hawk had his eagle eye right on her so she ducked down and hurried to get her camera, then returned and snapped a couple of shots before he flew away.

It's probably a Cooper's Hawk. They seem to be prevalent to the area though one doesn't usually get this good a look at one.

She sent me the photos with great excitement and gave me permission to post them on my blog.

I used my photo software to crop them a bit and make the bird bigger on my screen.

Since these birds spend a lot of time in the air I'm not sure why his feet would be hot but he certainly seems to be enjoying soaking them in the cool running water of the fountain.

He may be a scavenger but he seems like a noble creature as he posed for his photo.

Thanks to my neighborhood Hawk Host and Photographer Lori for the quick work.


  1. Good crop! I love birds of prey. I used to hang out at Lynx Lake on Thursday when they did the fish drop, and watch the eagles pick them out of the water and eat them in a tree.

  2. nice surprise. I probably would have scared it away running for a camera.

  3. It does look like a Cooper's hawk, a young one maybe.

  4. So cool! We see them sitting on top of big round hay bales every now and then. When my son was around 4 or 5, he said, "Hawks eat mice. Little SOFT mice." Kind of creepy. I think of that every time I see a hawk.

  5. Great moment! Nice of Lorie Down the Block to share with Bruce Up the Block.
    We have a few variety of Hawk in this area. A Red Tail couple, and subsequent families, have made the ridge top their home for years. We love the ritual of the spring birth and cry of the baby and then later the flying lessons which are ultimately followed by aerial combat with crows.

  6. Nice pictures. We have the red tail, the most common, but other raptors too....osprey, bald and golden eagles, and others I don't know.

  7. That is lucky! I'm glad she caught the siting with her camera.


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