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OH I AM SO EXCITED! (hawks edition)

OMG OMG!!! Ridiculously exciting! This will teach me never, EVER to walk anywhere without my camera!

So I was walking back to my office from an administrative meeting late in the afternoon, where coincidentally we had just ended the meeting all chatting about the Harvard redtails and my blog with pics of them, and I was saying no, I haven't even seen one in weeks, and...

I had a hawk fly right over my head, by the Faculty Club, and land in a tree across the street. I could tell immediately that it wasn't one of the redtails -- too small, and a banded tail (and the babies with the banded tails aren't even born yet) -- and wasn't a peregrine either (brownish, not grey). I was able to run around and get a look at it from the front, with the sun behind me, and then it flew off over Houghton Library and away.

Just got back to the office and looked it up -- it was an immature Cooper's Hawk! (!!!) I've never seen one before, at all -- and apparently we've got one in Cambridge!

http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Coopers_Hawk/id

(Actually, I'm trying to decide if it was a Coopers or a Sharp-Shinned. I THINK its tail was more rounded with a white band on the end, which points more towards Coopers. It looked EXACTLY like the pic of the immature Coopers at far left at the bottom of the page linked here.)

EXCITING!

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jenlev
Feb. 12th, 2010 10:20 pm (UTC)
Wheee!!!!! The birds are starting to sound different. Even the ravens when hears are making that gravelly sound more and more. Spring is almost here!

PS. Yes to carrying your camera. *veg*

Edited at 2010-02-12 10:20 pm (UTC)
eregyrn
Feb. 13th, 2010 01:12 am (UTC)
I had a feeling that of all my flist, you might be the one who would most appreciate this. :)
jenlev
Feb. 13th, 2010 02:06 am (UTC)
I totally get it. And...er, the current equipment I'm carting about is rather heavy. I figure it's good exercise. ;)

*hugs*
raqs
Feb. 13th, 2010 12:14 am (UTC)
yep, that's why they make the cameras pocket-sized!
where do cooper's hawks usually live?
eregyrn
Feb. 13th, 2010 01:14 am (UTC)
Meh! My camera is nearly pocket-sized. I know, I know... I need not to take chances.

First reading suggested that Coopers are largely edge-of-forest hunters who sometimes like backyard bird-feeders, as they go after smaller birds. But further reading suggests it's not actually that unusual to find them in towns, so. Still! I had no idea! I knew we had peregrines and redtails and kestrels.

And it turns out it was definitely a Coopers -- sharp-shinned are apparently like the size of a robin, and this was more crow-sized or a little bigger.
xandra_lj
Feb. 13th, 2010 01:42 am (UTC)
\o/!!

How very cool! (And can I just say that I find your picture of the itty bitty owl SO DAMN CUTE??? \o/ again!)
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