Juvenile Cooper’s Hawk at Lambton Woods: September 14, 2020

Two walks so far this fall season and a Cooper’s hawk was seen on both. This bird, more often seen high in the sky or skulking in shrubs near bird feeders, may not be seen again this year. That is the unpredictability of birdwatching.

juvenile Cooper’s Hawk

Mature Cooper’s Hawks have much streaking on the breast.

Cooper’s Hawk

The thin, dark streaks indicate that today’s bird is a juvenile.

juvenile Cooper’s Hawk
juvenile Cooper’s Hawk
juvenile Cooper’s Hawk
juvenile Cooper’s Hawk
juvenile Cooper’s Hawk
juvenile Cooper’s Hawk

Other birds.

Mallard (female)
Mallard (male)
Canada Geese
Canada Goose
Canada Goose
Canada Goose
Canada Geese
Double-crested Cormorants
Double-crested Cormorant
House Sparrow (male)
Black-capped Chickadee
Hairy Woodpecker (female)
Hairy Woodpecker (female)
American Robin (juvenile)
American Robin (juvenile) with mountain ash berry
American Robin (juvenile)

Species list: double-crested cormorant, Canada goose, mallard, Cooper’s hawk, killdeer, red-bellied woodpecker, hairy woodpecker, downy woodpecker, blue jay, American crow, black-capped chickadee, white-breasted nuthatch, American robin, yellow-rumped warbler, house sparrow, northern cardinal, rose-breasted grosbeak, house finch. (18 species)

Today’s group:

Park scenes:

Squirrel with walnuts
Hornet’s nest

Some botany:

Spotted Jewelweed (Impatiens capensis)
Thin-leaved Coneflower (Rudbeckia triloba)
Flat-topped Goldenrod (Euthamia graminifolia)
Rattlesnake Root (Prenathes alba)
Turtlehead (Chelone glabra)
Jerusalem Artichoke (Helianthus tuberosus)
Jerusalem Artichoke (Helianthus tuberosus)
Jerusalem Artichoke (Helianthus tuberosus)
Jerusalem Artichoke (Helianthus tuberosus)
Calico Aster (Symphyotrichum lateriflorum)
Nodding Bur-marigold (Bidens cernua)
Purple Loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria)
White Snakeroot (Ageratina altissima)
Soapwort (Saponaria officinalis)
New England Aster (Symphyotrichum novae-angliae)

Thanks to Brian Whitefield who sent me this:

NATURE POETRY

Ah, Sun-flower, weary of time,
Who countest the steps of the Sun,
Seeking after that sweet golden clime
Where the traveller’s journey is done:
Where the Youth pined away with desire,
And the pale Virgin shrouded in snow
Arise from their graves, and aspire
Where my Sun-flower wishes to go      – William Blake (1757–1827) 

Miles Hearn

3 thoughts on “Juvenile Cooper’s Hawk at Lambton Woods: September 14, 2020

  1. Gloria James

    Thanks so much for the beautiful photos. Today I recognized some of the flowers when I was walking along Mimico Creek. Now I can match some of the flowers with names. I really enjoyed the walk — never realized the size of Lambton Park.

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