Identification per James Bryant: an immature Cooper's hawk. "The spotty plumage is similar to the sharp-shinned hawk, and I can't see the tip of the tail, but given the scale of the fence I can see this is a bigger bird." Photo by Deborah Martin
2nd year, guessing female, probable WNV. :(
Juvenile, 2 hawks seen today in Jacaranda tree but 1 flew away before I could get a picture. This one moved from near a picnic table overlooking the pond, to a bald cypress tree and back and forth as people came to the lunch area and crows or ravens went near the tree. Then he went to the waterfall section of the creek for a drink. Green heron was nervous.
2 individuals around at least. Probably young of the year
"So I was on Stormwatch and THIS juvenile Coopers Hawk visits the balcony. Whoa!"- @MaximusMaxipus
Observation and photo by @MaximusMaxipus
I've been seeing this fella for over a month along the trails. Usually with the bird flying away and capturing a blur in my camera. Today, I got the photo.
Cooper's Hawk (Accipiter cooperii) is a medium-sized hawk native to the North American continent and found from Southern Canada to Northern Mexico. As in many birds of prey, the male is smaller than the female. The birds found east of the Mississippi River tend to be larger on average than the birds found to the west.