[TN-Bird] Cooper's Hawk prey escapes

I was heading out for a jog yesterday afternoon from my house in Smyrna 
(rutherford co) and saw an adult Coopers Hawk sitting on the lawn across the 
street.  I could also see a bird flapping underneath while the Coopers was 
trying to crush it.  I watched for a bit and in the end the Coopers tried to 
fly off and carry it's still kicking meal, but it couldn't carry the weight (or 
hold onto the flapping bird).  It dropped the Yellow-shafted Flicker, which hit 
the ground and then flew off in the other direction, appearing to be ok.  That 
is one tough (and lucky) flicker!  

You never know what you'll see.

Cheers,
Scott Somershoe

State Ornithologist
Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency
P.O. Box 40747
Nashville, TN 37204
615-781-6653 (o)
www.pbase.com/shoeman

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