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Thread subject: Coopers Hawk
Name Date Message
Nancy L 12/26/05 12:43 pm Busily eating a bird it caught in our backyard - we have 5 feeders. We checked & believe it was NOT a Sharp-shinned. It was good sized & possible a young one just loosing its last young feathers. He was there a good hour. Maybe I'll go out & examine the feathers now to see if I can determine the bird.
Nancy L 12/27/05 09:33 am We're pretty sure it was a dove.
cathleen 12/27/05 10:37 am On a slight tangent, and not being a birder (yet, anyway :o>), I have always noticed that mourning doves are pretty slow to get out of the way of oncoming traffic. The behavior seems rather stupid, but now I wonder if that is where doves get their iconic significance for "peace" - trusting. Are doves more easily preyed upon than other birds? And their cousins, the city pigeons, seem to walk unconcernedly close to pedestrians. Admittedly, I once tried to see if I could kick one nonchalantly on the sidewalk, but their street savvy radar seems to sense my intent before I act. (Sorry, all you bird-lovers - I must now seem like a monster.)
Nancy L 12/27/05 01:25 pm Well, you got a chuckle out of me! Last year, another hawk got a bird in our yard, but that time it's feathers looked like a blue jay.
cathleen 12/27/05 03:56 pm Well, that rather provides counterevidence to my hypothesis about doves being the easiest pick-off! Perhaps the blustery boisterous bluejay brought an undue amount of unwanted attention to himself!

Wow - I never see hawks in my suburban yard.
Nancy L 12/27/05 09:28 pm Well, I'm DEFINITELY in a suburban development!
Vicki in S. CA. 12/28/05 11:24 am Cooper's Hawks in the city and suburbs love our bird feeders. I am in Los Angeles and we have a regular Cooper's. Indeed, doves are a favorite but I have also seen him get a finch and even a mouse (hurrah!). They are very adaptable and beautiful to watch. Just went on the Christmas Bird Count and we had many raptors, Red Tail, Sharp Shinned, Red Shouldered, White Tail Kite, Kestrel, Peregrine, all in the city. Hoped for an Osprey over one of our inland lakes but it did not happen.

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