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Old Feb 19, 2013, 8:10 AM   #1
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I watched this little drama unfold at the feeders this morning. This female Red-bellied woodpecker, who is normally not too skittish, was acting extremely agitated and skittish. At one point, she ducked around one side of the main post and froze. It was then that I noticed this Cooper's hawk in the willow about 25-30 feet away. He knew he'd seen the woodpecker but didn't see her now. It was a stand-off. Finally, the hawk spotted something that may have been easier prey and took off in the opposite direction from the woodpecker and she made her escape very quickly. Dark, gloomy skies this morning.













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This hawk just loves the easy meals around your bird feeder. I think this is a Sharp Shinned Hawk because of the patterns of the chest feathers and rounded body. The Cooper's Hawk has water drips like chest feathers and more slender body.
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This hawk just loves the easy meals around your bird feeder. I think this is a Sharp Shinned Hawk because of the patterns of the chest feathers and rounded body. The Cooper's Hawk has water drips like chest feathers and more slender body.
The juvenile Cooper's has the water drop pattern. This is an adult Cooper's. http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Coopers_Hawk/id

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Nice captures. It's always fascinating to watch the drama of nature play out. Even if it's not always a happy ending.
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