Monthly Image: New Hawks!

“Our” pair of Cooper’s Hawks (or their descendants, of which there have been many) hatched a pair of chicks that recently fledged and have been exploring their world:

New Hawks - standing tall

New Hawks – standing tall

Sometimes they perch together:

New Hawks - companions

New Hawks – companions

Their world contains many interesting things, not all of which are visible to the human eye:

New Hawks - curiosity

New Hawks – curiosity

I’ve spotted a parent hawk circling high overhead while the youngsters practice their flight skills near the treetops. If you listen carefully, you can hear a hawk calling from far above:

New Hawks - parent overhead

New Hawks – parent overhead

We’ve seen them hopping from branch to branch, testing their wings, and by now they can launch from a standing start:

New Hawks - liftoff

New Hawks – liftoff

New squirrels emerge at about the same time, with equivalent levels of experience:

New Hawks - curious squirrel

New Hawks – curious squirrel

Right out of the nest, new hawks know what to do, if not quite how to accomplish it:

New Hawks - vs New Squirrel

New Hawks – vs New Squirrel

That little squirrel instantly pasted itself to the bottom of the branch and escaped. This time, anyway.

Mary watched one hawk practicing its pouncing skills by attacking a pine cone. A talon wedged under a tight pine cone scale, to the extent that the hawk spent the next half hour flopping around the yard trying to part company with its personal Pine Tar Baby.

Perhaps the piles of Chipmunk Gibbage came from a new hawk practicing its regurgitation skills …

Go, new hawks, go!

Taken with the Sony DSC-H5, sometimes with the 1.7x teleadapter, under ambient light, hand-held, sometimes braced against the frame of a partially open door.


  1. #1 by rkward on 2016-07-15 - 08:15


  2. #2 by madbodger on 2016-07-15 - 08:53

    Most of the large birds I see around here are vultures, feasting on the bounty provided by the local highway, but occasionally there will be a hawk around, normally perching at a good vantage point, looking for opportunities. That shot you got of the squirrel opportunity makes me smile.

    • #3 by Ed on 2016-07-15 - 10:49

      We originally saw two little squirrels chasing each other around the yard…

      • #4 by Red County Pete on 2016-07-17 - 09:04

        Sounds like the 6 birds harrassing our lab/aussie shepherd cross when she was just out of puppyhood. They caught on when two “disappeared”.

  3. #5 by Kurt Higgins (@kurthiggins) on 2016-07-15 - 09:56

    They look fast even when standing still. In the first photo, its legs remind me of carbon fiber aero front forks on a bike.

    • #6 by Ed on 2016-07-15 - 10:51

      The adults may have longer leggings and much more grace, but the kids are all right.

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