This young Cooper’s Hawk perched on the wall of the Spiral, the Open Circle seating area built as part of the 2011 art project in the northeast corner of the park. The bird paid little attention to the stream of park visitors passing by not 20 feet away, nor to this photographer with tripod. The hawk had occupied the fenced-in Burrowing Owl enclosure for some time, as photographer Phil Rowntree shot images of it and told me about it an hour earlier.
The Cooper’s Hawk (Accipiter cooperii) by preference hunts birds. Pigeons (Rock Doves) are high on its list of favorites. The flock of pigeons that often frequent the park, especially this corner, were nowhere to be seen. Ground squirrels, quite numerous, also maintained a discreet absence; although they are not No. 1 on its menu, they’re in the top ten. Its keen eyes finding nothing of interest, the bird eventually moved on across the water to greener pastures.
Here are two images that Phil Rowntree captured earlier in the day of the same bird: