Coopers Hawk Up By A Nest - Northern Illinois - January 2022
We have a couple of - what we call - "nests" up in some of the larger, mature trees in our backyard. I say that we 'call them' that because, frankly, we don't know what they are. They're these large, clumps of leaves that exist up near the top of the trees (in a crotch) that sure look like a nest, but for all I know could just be a clump of leaves that didn't fall down. Or, that was...until I saw something recently up there.
On a recent afternoon, I saw good-sized hawk swoop across our yard and land right next to one of these nests. Here, below is a photo showing that hawk perched right on top of said nest.
Or was he/she up there because they were looking for a tasty little snack? And that's actually a squirrel's nest. Or another critter's nest?