I'd seen this bird three or four times over the past year. I had been calling him a kestrel because I don't really know anything about birds and the few times I'd seen him, that's what he resembled. Well, today I got a good long look at him, and that's no kestrel. That right there is a Coopers Hawk. Some of you may know him as a Chicken Hawk.
[This is not my photo but I can't find a source.]
[from BillsBirds | Flickr]
[from the future soon]
I won't describe the actual killing to you (mostly because I'm not sure that I can), but it was ... intense. There were feathers everywhere.
We'd gone hawking in Ireland, so we'd seen how red-tailed hawks stalk their prey, but I'd never witnessed anything like this - and in the middle of the city! Between the birds and the squirrels and the possums, it's like animal kingdom in our backyard.