Observation ID: 62297

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 12/09/2019 - 09:35
Animal
Cooper's Hawk
Identification Confidence
100% certain
Observation Date / Time

Fresh dead Cooper's Hawk and Eurasian Starling found about 10' apart. I suspect the Cooper's Hawk had just captured the starling, pinned it to the ground, and was so focused it didn't see the car coming. It may have startled and flown up into the car, as there was no obvious impact damage to the birds. The impact killed the hawk and tossed the starling 10' further.

Observer
Steve Hampton
Travel Frequency
several times per week
Estimated Time Since Impact
definitely less than 6 hours
Carcass Position
road surface
Roadway Speed Limit
55 mph
Road Type
local paved
Location Description
west bound Rd 29 at the 113 northbound on-ramp
Roadside Features
no artificial structures

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