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The following two photos give a sense of proportion between a Cooper’s Hawk and a small bird, the House Finch, that often comes to our bird feeder.

Cooper's Hawk

Cooper’s Hawk. Photo taken four days ago.

Today, a House Finch perched almost at the same place.

House Finch

House Finch on a cold and cloudy day

A Cooper’s Hawk is more than three times as big as a House Finch. However, the hawk prefers to eat birds that are larger than House Finches, such as Blue Jays or Mourning Doves.