Cooper's Hawk — Accipiter cooperii
Like the Sharp-shinned Hawk, but larger; the tail is rounded at the tip. The Cooper's Hawk year-round resident in our area and is found in dense to open woods, scattered trees, and woodland borders.
Coopers Hawks are unique arboretum hunters. They do not hunt from above in the open sky, like Red Tails do. They hunt THROUGH the trees, branch to branch, an awesome technique to witness.
Click here to read about the viewing opportunities at Rockfish Gap at Afton Mountain.