Nebraska Ornithologists' Union


Date of this Version



The Nebraska Bird Review Vol. 86 No. 3 (2018), pp 124-127


Published by the Nebraska Ornithologists’ Union, Inc.


On February 21, 2015, I had the opportunity to observe a Cooper’s Hawk (Accipiter cooperii) attack, kill, and feed on a chicken in an urban environment.

The attack occurred around 1:10 p.m. on February 21, 2015, in Lincoln, Nebraska, in a residential area that is often referred to as the Bethany neighborhood. With large mature trees and landscape hedges, it provided excellent cover for the hawk’s attack. Weather data for that day show a low temperature of 18 degrees Fahrenheit and a high temperature of 40 degrees Fahrenheit. There was residual snow cover in some areas, as Lincoln had experienced snowfall on February 1 (4.9 inches) and February 4 (6.6 inches).