The Backshore Bird Blog

Cooper's Hawks of Peaks Island

Photo © Robert H. Sauerteig, Jr. We introduce in this blog, the Cooper’s Hawk (Accipiter cooperii) that is frequently seen by the Peaks Island community. And, a member of our community tells an incredible story about this hawk, that he wants to share with us. But first, let’s talk a little about this species (for more of a detailed account please go to the Bird Varieties Page: Cooper’s Hawk): Three species of the genus Accipiter occur in Maine: Cooper’s Hawk, Sharp-shinned Hawk, and Northern Goshawk, all of which are in the Family Accipitridae (1, 2). Hooked bills, powerful legs, and strong feet that carry sharp and curved claws typify these hawks (birds of prey/raptors). The accipiters are

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