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thanks for the info billbigfish1. I will check it out!!!!
Yes it is a Cooper's Hawk. Please visit my website www.billsbackyardwildlife.com You can send it to me and I will add it to my Guest Photo Gallery. I have videos,pictures of birds,animals and blogs on different subjects.I have a contact e-mail on the site. Looking forward to hearing from you.Billbigfish
It does look like a juvenile Cooper's based on the dark, clear streaking on the breast and belly. You may find that bird in the yard more often now that it has found a good source of lunch! I have one that terrorizes my feeders. It sits in the trees around the house and waits for a tasty morsel to make itself vulnernable. Aaargh! It bounced off my window once trying to pick a hummingbird off the nectar feeder.
I am glad you enjoyed the photo. Just one of those chance things I probably won't see again; at least not next door!
Nature's way can be harsh and cruel but we are told that nature's way allows that the weak are lost and the healthy and strong survive to make a stronger lineage or pedigree. Your photo certainly captured a cruel truth. Thank you for sharing and reminding us how harsh life can be not only in the wild kingdom but in humanity as well.