Fallston the Cooper’s Hawk is originally from Fallston, MD, where he was rehabilitated in 2001 after a collision with an unknown object. He has a permanently injured left wing, nerve damage to his tail, and has also suffered neurological trauma. He cannot fly well enough to hunt, so he was transferred to VINS in 2009. Fallston enjoys perching on the very highest branch in his enclosure, where he has a great view of our forest.
Cooper’s Hawks belong to a group of hawks called “Accipiters,” a unique, forest-dwelling genus of hawks that rely on speed and stealth to hunt birds in close quarters. Their wide, compact wings and long thin toes help them maneuver and grab onto tiny songbirds perching on tree branches, or even on the bird feeder in your backyard! A similar-looking but smaller species, the Sharp-shinned Hawk, is also a frequent feeder visitor.