2/20, Cathedral Cooper's Hawk

Cathedral's Cooper Hawk

The Cooper's Hawk was in the cathedral close a half hour before sunset today. This marks the seventh or eighth time I've encountered it in the past month. Once again, you can see it's had a successful afternoon hunt.

No sign of the cathedral red-tails about. It's been almost two weeks since I spotted either of them.

Posted 2/20/2009 07:27:00 PM by Robert

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On 2/22/2009 7:56 AM , Jennifer said...

A friend of mine spotted what she thought was a peregrine falcon near 103rd St/CPW twice late last week. On the second occasion she/he had caught a pigeon and was eating while being mobbed by two red-tails. Eventually, the red-tails drove him off.

Can you tell me if peregrines have ever been seen in this area? Could it be one of the two Riverside Church falcons? My impression was that they tended to stay north. She sees red-tails daily in the winter, so I'm surprised a falcon would even venture into their territory. She described the bird as gray with a striped face. Could it have been some other type of raptor?

Thanks!

 
On 2/22/2009 2:43 PM , rbs said...

Jennifer, Do you have any of the size of the bird?

I have seen kestrels on 103rd St., ad they have a striped face and can look grayish. However. they are much smaller than red-tails and peregrines. Maybe even too small to be going after pigeons.

Otherwise, I've not heard of peregrines in the area before. Perhaps it was just visiting the neighborhood.