Raleigh Raptors – Resident Raptor

The venue moves to the outskirts of Raleigh, just bordering Garner.  It seems like whereever you are in Raleigh, there is a resident hawk in the area.  In my new location, it’s not a Buteo jamaicensis (Red-tail) but a Accipiter cooperii (Cooper’s Hawk).  I’ve heard and seen 2 of them in the air, but only yesterday did I get the chance to hawkaratzzi one of them.

As I was leaving for home, I saw 4 large crows squawking and flying about a tree.  There was a 5th bird, not black like a crow and much bigger than a Mockingbird.   This guy was fast and more maneuverable than their Red-tailed cousin.  It was a Cooper’s Hawk.

I still have to find their nest which isn’t going to be as easy as the Red-tails’ in Downtown.  Oh, well.  Adventure!  Enjoy!

Definition: hawkaratzzi  – the art of bird (specifically hawks) photography 🙂

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