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Friday, February 10, 2006

Accipiters

Today I had a Sharp-shinned Hawk wing through the trees as I walked the woods at work. Then this afternoon, a nice adult Cooper's Hawk came and sat for a long time on the platform feeder at the office. Great to see these amazing bird-eating hawks up close. Some people don't like them to come to their bird feeders, because they eat their favorite birds. But its all part of nature. This morning I saw a House Finch that was pretty much blind from eye disease, and thought it was just a matter of time before it gets snagged by a hawk. Maybe today is the day.

1 comment:

Home Bird said...

Nice raptor days you've been having! I'm always happy to see these two hawks in my yard, even if they do sometimes snag lunch from one of my feeders. So far I've only seen them take house finches, and then only when I had lots of them. A Cooper's hawk once did have a bunny cowering under my next door neighbor's car, but ultimately the bunny got away, at least as far as I could see. It was one of my most memorable homebirding experiences watching the hawk sitting on the driveway in this suburan neighborhood, bending over, trying to figure out how to get to that rabbit.

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