A juvenile Cooper’s Hawk visited this morning. Although it might be a Sharp-shinned Hawk. My bird expert wasn’t 100% sure, and I have to send more photos so she can think about it.

Since the storms, we’ve had a bunch of birds showing up. Another local expert didn’t think they were fleeing the storms, per se, but were seeking new food sources. I’m not clear what the difference is, and it is clear that divining the reasoning of bird movements is not trivial. They just aren’t that forthcoming about their motivations.

But there is something I know for sure. This Cooper’s Hawk was looking downward while he was on that branch, to where rodents and California Quail are always making tracks.