A medium-sized hawk with short powerful wings, the secretive Cooper’s hawk is noted for its surprise and speed when capturing prey, primarily other birds. This juvenile Cooper’s hawk landed in a backyard tree on Shore Street and has become a more common visitor around backyard feeders. The juvenile has brown upperparts and pale underparts with dark brown streaking, along with yellowish eyes, yellow legs and toes.



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Cooper’s Hawk ID tips

Cooper’s Hawk: Mass Audubon Breeding Bird Atlas

Identifying Cooper’s and Sharp-shinned Hawks