Wild Bird Rescue – Coopers Hawk
by Lynda Horn
Immature Cooper’s Hawk
I have a pair of nesting Coopers’ hawks in my neighborhood.
In February my son and I were in the living room when we heard a tremendous thud against our glass door.
We have had birds slam into our front window before, but never with this intensity.
My son asked me if that was a bird, I said yes, we had better go outside and check for an injured bird.
When we opened the door, we were greeted by a blizzard of feathers, which I identified as mourning dove.
I told my son to look for the bird, and he discovered a juvenile Coopers’ hawk from the previous years nest perched on my neighbor’s porch!
The hawk was busily eating the dove, and totally fascinated, we watched until he consumed it!
I have seen him many times since then. I usually hear him call, or I hear the blue jays trying to run him off.
He is still trying to catch the birds at my feeder in the front yard. (I have a ground feeder for the doves).
Thank you for sharing your story!
When we see this type of event playing out it brings such mixed emotion.
But knowing that this is the way it is supposed to work is very good.
It is a completely different to see it play out in real life compared to reading about it or even seeing a video.
I have just added a section to the bottom of my page on Wild Bird Rescue where visitors can share their experiences with wild birds in trouble.
Would you give me permission to add your story?
May I use your first name and location with the story?
Thanks again for sharing your story!
Yes, you are welcome to use my story and name about the Hawk.
I have watched birds since I was five years old, and I am fascinated by raptors.
I feel I am blessed to live in Arkansas, we have an amazing variety of birds, including many birds of prey.
I live by Lake Dardanelle, where there are several established Bald Eagle nests.
At one time, there were three Coopers’ Hawks nests, all within the city limits.
One is located on Prairie creek, very close to the junior high school.
One nest location was unknown to me, but the ornithologist at our university, Arkansas Tech, told me he was monitoring the nest.
The third nest was by the house I had previously lived in, high in a tree in a house behind mine.
The tree was hit by lightening, and the nest was destroyed.
I suspect the pair in my current neighborhood is the same pair from my old neighborhood, as I moved a distance of about ten blocks away.
I have not located this new nest yet as they like to nest in very tall, old trees such as oak, elm, and beech, and the nest is difficult to spot when the trees are fully leafed out.
I will look this winter after the leaves fall.
Even more amazing, I observed this old/new pair mating two winters ago!
You also might want to know that we have a raptor shelter and rehabilitation center right here in Pope county.
It is run by a lady named Lynn Slater. She does not have a website, but she is on Facebook, and she has posted videos of the releases after nursing these marvelous birds back to health.
Thank you for sharing more of your experiences and appreciation of birds of prey. It is wonderful that your area has a shelter and rehabilitation center for raptors.
Please feel free to share more of your wild bird stories as you can.
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