Cooper’s Hawk at Col. Sam Smith Park: January 14, 2022

If you maintain a busy birdfeeder, you likely have several visits each day from a Cooper’s Hawk. These hawks, which measure between 14 and 20 inches in height, are members of the Accipiter family and eat chiefly birds and some small mammals.

Imagine having a bird species named after you! The species was named in 1828 by Charles Lucien Bonaparte in honor of his friend and fellow ornithologist, William Cooper. Cooper was one of the founders of the New York Lyceum of Natural History and the first American member of the Zoological Society of London.

We had this bird this morning:

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

Other birds:

Northern Cardinal (male)
Mute Swans
Long-tailed Duck (female)
Mute Swans
American Black Ducks
Mute Swans
Canada Geese
European Starlings
Long-tailed Duck (male)
European Starlings
Gadwall (female)
American Robin
Gadwall (male)
Downy Woodpecker (male)
Greater Scaup
Ring-billed Gulls and two Common Goldeneye (male)
Greater Scaup (female)

Col. Sam Smith Park views:

Some botany:

Fragrant Sumac (Rhus aromatica)
Snowberry (Symphoricarpos albus)
New England Aster (Symphyotrichum novae-angliae)
White Spruce (Picea glauca)
Norway Maple (Acer platanoides)
Purple Loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria)
Pin Oak (Quercus palustris)
Trembling Aspen (Populus tremuloides)
Sweetbrier (Rosa rubiginosa)
Filbert Tree (Corylus avellana)
Red Pine (Pinus resinosa)

Today’s group:


Miles, you might enjoy this 28 minute film called Hargila.  I found it inspiring.

“Hargila” Film Documents India’s Grassroots Effort to Save the Endangered Greater Adjutant Stork | Birds, Cornell Lab of Ornithology : Birds, Cornell Lab of Ornithology


Then came old January, wrapped well
In many weeds to keep the cold away;
Yet did he quake and quiver, like to quell,
And blow his nails to warm them if he may.      – Edmund Spenser (1552–99)

Miles Hearn

1 thought on “Cooper’s Hawk at Col. Sam Smith Park: January 14, 2022

  1. Hal Belcher


    Thanks for sending the “reports”. Wife Carol and I joined in on city walks, about 10 years ago. We moved to Penetanguishene Ontario in 2012, which is a naturalist heaven with Georgian Bay, marshes, farmers field and forests all within a mile from home.
    Carol passed last summer, complications from early Alzheimer’s disease.
    So nice to hear from you and look forward to your to your emails.

    Hal Belcher


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