Thursday, December 14, 2006
I was so excited to see this guy yesterday I was shaking. I think it is a Cooper's Hawk and maybe a juvenile. He stayed there for at least 10 minutes (during which I had to charge my camera battery--great timing) so I could take his photo. I think he thought me most unimpressive and not very good to eat either.
We knew we had hawks visiting because we saw one eating a dove a few years ago and have seen feathers floating down through the trees after a meal but this is the first time one modeled for my camera.
Needless to say there was not another bird to be seen or heard for a wide area around me. The feeders had no customers and the aggressive squirrels were absent.
Not only is it an impressive bird, but it gives me hope for the survival of urban wildlife. There are Cooper's Hawks and Peregrine Falcons (I've never seen one) in my very urban neighborhood.