These medium sized hawks are quite common across much of the United States and Mexico. Finding them however is not an easy task. They tend to prefer to hide within the wooded areas, usually well within the trees making them hard to spot.
I’ve in fact only seen a handful. That made happening across this pair that much more fun and, best of all, they were relatively in the open allowing me to grab some pictures. I was coming down a dirt road near Denver International Airport when I saw one, then the other, both in the same tree. They can be quite skittish but this pair didn’t seem to mind me much at all.
Cooper’s Hawks have proven to have adapted to urban and suburban life quite well and are probably the most common #raptors to be found in those types of areas. It isn’t unusual to hear stories about folks with bird feeders seeing one of these on their fence, ready to snatch one of the smaller birds as they come by for a meal.