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Hawk hunts backyard chickens

A very fun thing to see this past weekend although I didn’t get images of all the action. I spotted a gorgeous Cooper’s Hawk hanging out in a suburban park so naturally stopped to get a picture.

It flew off immediately toward some neighboring houses and I was going to give up until I hear some chickens making a huge ruckus. I walked toward the noise and see just over the short fence three chickens huddled up under a bush, clearly distraught. I knew then that hawk had to be there.

Sure enough, I see it standing in the yard, probably trying to figure out how it can enjoy a nice breakfast of poultry. Unfortunately when the Cooper’s Hawk saw me it hopped up into a tree, then decided it didn’t want witnesses to the slaughter it was contemplating and headed off. While I didn’t get any action shots, I did get some decent images of the raptor.

Interestingly enough, the term ‘chicken hawk’ actually refers to the Cooper’s Hawk. Apparently that is fitting.

A Cooper's Hawk keeps watch on some backyard chickens in the hopes of getting a meal. (© Tony’s Takes)

A Cooper’s Hawk keeps watch on some backyard chickens in the hopes of getting a meal. (© Tony’s Takes)

A Cooper's Hawk keeps watch on some backyard chickens in the hopes of getting a meal. (© Tony’s Takes)

A Cooper’s Hawk keeps watch on some backyard chickens in the hopes of getting a meal. (© Tony’s Takes)

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