Cooper’s Hawk Strikes Again

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We were eating lunch at home, gazing out the kitchen window into a cold rainy November afternoon. Suddenly a hawk swooped down and caught some kind of rodent, then flew to a nearby tree. He finished his meal in a few minutes, then after swiping his beak several times on the tree bark, he ruffled and shook the water droplets off his feathers.

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The Cooper Hawk had just finished its meal and hopped over to another branch. As I took this photo, the hawk appeared to wipe its beak back and forth a few times on the branch, which I could see was covered with lichen.

 

I was intrigued by the beak-wiping behavior. It definitely appeared that the hawk was wiping off its beak. I also noticed that the branch he was wiping his beak on was covered with lichen. I wondered if I should reinterpret my post Crow Threatens Hawk with Lichen. Perhaps the crow was merely offering a napkin. 🙂

I don’t think this is the same Cooper’s Hawk that took a Pine Siskin back in March. That particular one had a more gray mantle, characteristic of an adult. This one has more brown which to my understanding suggests it is a juvenile.

The hawk stayed in the tree for several more minutes and let me get some additional photos.

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