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Look who I found watching my hens today...

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by BlueBetween, Feb 22, 2012.

  1. BlueBetween

    BlueBetween Chillin' With My Peeps

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    a coopers hawk. can these birds really take down a chicken? it didn't seem all that big - a little bigger than a robin maybe, smaller than a flicker woodpecker....
     
  2. G-Man

    G-Man Chillin' With My Peeps

    I don't know if it can take a full grown chicken or not.

    I just wanted to commend you on your camera skills. Beautiful shot!
     
  3. Yay Chicks!

    Yay Chicks! Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If it is that small, I'm wondering if it is a Sharp-shinned Hawk rather than a Coopers. They are very similar.
     
  4. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

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    Yes, sharp-shinned adult and if robin sized a male. Small feet (shins) and squarish head of perching bird are good indicators of sharp-shinned hawk. Not a threat to adult chickens, probably not even bantams. May threaten chicks but not in my experience.
     
  5. BlueBetween

    BlueBetween Chillin' With My Peeps

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    oh yes! http://www.arkive.org/sharp-shinned-hawk/accipiter-striatus/ - that's what it was, phew!! I feel better now, thank you all :)
     
  6. BlueBetween

    BlueBetween Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you G-Man - I just got a new lens today, stepped outside to try to capture some photos of the chickadees - and they were all gone - weird! where did all the birds go - ahaha! what is that! A gift from mother nature for my new lens! But then I zoomed in and realized it looked hawkish... and had to lock all the hens up quick.
     
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  7. G-Man

    G-Man Chillin' With My Peeps

    Congratulations on your new lens. Looking forward to seeing the pictures of your girls.
    Thank you for sharing.
     
  8. Rvl Rookie

    Rvl Rookie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Years ago we had bird feeders in front of the house, and a hawk sometimes hunted there. One day it was just outside my bedroom window, and I got a couple pics of it.

    Is this a Coopers Hawk?

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  9. BlueBetween

    BlueBetween Chillin' With My Peeps

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  10. Rvl Rookie

    Rvl Rookie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This was about 40mi SW of St. Louis, MO., if that helps any with ID.
     

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