After several sightings of Cooper’s Hawks in Holyoke in November and early December, I wasn’t too surprised to see one perched in a tree on Margaret Street in Springfield’s South End the other morning.
A man stopped his car as I peered up into a tree, where two crows were scolding the hawk.
“You see a bird?” he said.
“Cooper’s Hawk,” I said.
He asked what the differences were between Red-tailed and Cooper’s Hawks. I rattled off a few field marks to watch for.
“I could tell you saw something. I’m a bird guy, too,” he said before driving off.
So, are we seeing an influx of Cooper’s Hawks in Massachusetts as we head into winter?
I posed the question to Mass Audubon, via Twitter.
“Not really,” was the reply. “Cooper’s hawks are increasing their overall population to the point where they’re just becoming more conspicuous.”