Ann Bird, our across the street neighbor, had her camera out to take a photo of one of the fancy boats here in the park when this incident occurred right in front of her. This is a Cooper’s Hawk that has collared, pun intended, a Eurasian Collared-Dove. It’s hard to have much sympathy for the dove as Eurasian Collared-Doves are an invasive species that has spread across the US in an alarmingly short period of time and have become, for the most part, a great nuisance. Their numbers multiply very fast and they seem to crowd out native species like the Mourning Dove. Here at Buckskin Mountain State Park their numbers are numerous so we wish Mr. Cooper continued success with his hunting.