Cooper's Hawk In Our Red Oak Tree - October 2020
It is hard to determine the size of this Cooper's Hawk in our backyard, but he was big. And, I'm pretty sure he is/was a Cooper's Hawk based on the details from Cornell. The last time that I captured one of these birds of prey was back in February of 2019 when I saw one sitting on our fence. This time, he was way up on a tree limb and he hung around for a while - like five minutes - before flying off.
This piece shows all the hawks that call Illinois their home, but I can't tell from it if I should change by classification from Cooper's Hawk or not.