This morning I had a visitor! Look who came by to my neighbors yard:
It’s a beautiful hawk!!! I took this picture right out of my dirty window. He sat on top of that swing set for a really long time, just looking left, looking right, up, down, and turned his head all the way backwards to look behind him. No doubt he was looking for breakfast, or was he?
In this picture you are witnessing a very lucky squirrel. I thought for sure I was going to see a pursuit, but nothing! Not only that, but two more squirrels walked under the hawk completely unaware that their predator was right above them! The hawk just sat there and watched them! Maybe Mr. Hawk just had breakfast or could it be that the hawk sensed me in the window and was cautious about making his move? Anyway, the hawk flew off and left some very lucky squirrels.
I’m guessing he was a Cooper’s Hawk. Common year round to the Chicago area and willing to visit neighborhood feeders for food. He did have a rounded tipped tail with black bands. He was beautiful!