Early Saturday morning I noticed a large hawk that swooped down from my neighbor’s house on Brewster Street and grabbed a small bird that was preoccupied at a bird feeder.
In a burst of small feathers, the attack was quickly over and the larger hawk then perched itself on a tree branch to enjoy the meal. I snapped a few photos, including the one above, and looked up the bird. Based on the lateral, thick bands on its tail, I take this bird of prey to be a Cooper’s Hawk.
If you can help me confirm this, that would be appreciated. And if you have any similar bird or wildlife stories, I’d love to hear it. That’s one of the things that makes Kingston a great place to live: we’re in a city, but also blessed with some wonderful wildlife.
— Arthur Zaczkiewicz