Photo of the Week: Cooper’s Hawk at Belle Isle State Park

One of the first things you learn as a birder is to look up to see the birds.

And in winter, it’s a lot easier to look for birds in the trees and shrubs: there are no leaves to hide the birds.

When I noticed the sounds of animals along the trail at Detroit’s Belle Isle State Park had suddenly gone quiet, I knew there had to be a reason.

I peered through my binoculars at the tree canopy, looking up at the tree trunks and large branches.

Found it!

A majestic Cooper’s Hawk—with its gorgeous copper-patterned white breast—perched on a limb about 20 feet above my head, looked out over the trail.

Less than a minute later, the hawk quickly took off.

Easily gliding through the tangles of tree and shrub branches near the snow-covered marsh, I wondered what his next meal would be.

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Deborah Edwards-Onoro helps small businesses, consultants, nonprofits, and higher ed with creative and distinctive websites. Deborah shares her expertise with web design, user experience, and accessibility on her blog, social media, and at meetup events. As organizer of Refresh Detroit, West Metro Detroit WordPress, and Metro Detroit WordPress, she encourages members to share their knowledge and experiences. In her free time, you'll find her birding, shooting photos, reading, or watching tennis.
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