Juvenile Cooper’s Hawk
BraeBurn No. 13, 21 June 2017
Photo by Jack Frank
As we drove down the cart path of hole number 13, I told
my son that “I see a lot of Cooper’s Hawks on this hole”.
Sure enough and just a few seconds later we saw one on the
ground near the first fairway bunker and another circling in the
air above. We followed the one on the ground that flew into a
tree, and then to another tree, where it nicely posed for the
photo above.
This is a juvenile or first year Cooper’s Hawk, a crow-sized
(16” in length) raptor that ranges from southern Canada,
throughout the lower 48 states, and south through most of
Mexico. It is a year-round resident at BraeBurn and it is one
of three hawks that I have seen at BraeBurn so far. The others
are the larger Red-tailed Hawk (19” in length) and
the Swainson’s Hawk (also 19” in length).
The Cooper’s Hawk is an expert flyer and is often seen darting
from tree to tree, hoping to grab an unsuspecting bird. If you
don’t see a Cooper’s Hawk in flight, you can usually find one by
following the loud squawking of a party of angry Blue Jays who
have one surrounded and are encouraging
it to move on.
Jim Frank joined BraeBurn in early 2016. He is a member of the House