Tuesday, January 1, 2019

First Bird of 2019: A Cooper's Hawk! What was yours?

Of course I'm crazy, but there was a reason. We've got three cats in the house right now, and they have needs...at 5:45 AM. I tossed and turned for awhile after dealing with them and was wide awake, so I decided to make a first bird search for the new year. The sun was not yet up at 7 AM when I started looking for birds, expecting to see doves or crows or mockingbirds. Much to my surprise, the first bird I saw was not an overly common sight: a Cooper's Hawk (Accipiter cooperii). It was perched in a deodar tree near the trailhead for the Tuolumne River Parkway Trail where I make most of my birding ventures.

What was the first bird that you saw today?