On our way back to class after lunch one day, we were blindsided by a small brown missile that shot past us and into the trees by our neighbors’ yard. Of course, I chased it into their yard to see what it was while the Other Half grabbed the camera.
We only have two pretty common birds that look like this in our area, Cooper’s Hawks and Goshawks.
Using the lovely guide at Cornell to help us decide which of the two birds this one was, we decided he was a juvenile Cooper’s hawk. He was fairly small, had pretty even barring on his tail, and the gorgeous eyebrows that make the eyes of Accipiters look so fierce.
Some little bird must have told him we had a feeder in our yard, so he came looking for a brief snack. We unfortunately haven’t seen him since that day, so I figure he found greener pastures elsewhere.