Sunday, August 18, 2013
Monday, August 5, 2013
I went out for a coffee and stopped to see if there was any activity at the Cooper Hawk nest area. I expected nothing so I was very pleased to see three juveniles flying all over the lower woods. I heard them calling on my arrival and saw one swoop down to the bottom of the hill. I watched with amazement as they flew so effortless. Back and forth they flew. By the time I got to the bottom of the hill they were placed on a dead tree calling. Two in the one tree and one calling deeper in the woods. The one female was so large at first I thought it was the female but the eye is still pale. They have turned into beautiful juveniles. What a thrill to see them again. Each time is a thrill. Soon they will soar over Rosetta Hawk Watch on their migration south.
Friday, August 2, 2013
The Cooper Hawks have moved on and deeper in the woods. The other day while sitting outside I heard a juvenile Cooper Hawk crying in the big trees behind my house. I could not find them but they are close. Yesterday I saw the adult hunting in the back yard. Soon they will be migrating south. I was very fortunate to be able to watch the Cooper Hawk family this year. Thanks to Ed and his wife who allowed me permission to go on their property. Enjoy all the photos and notice the change in the feathers.
I have gone to see if I can find the juveniles over the past few days. No sign of them. I can hear them but they are now very deep in the woods. Today I was lucky enough to see three juveniles handing out in the yard to the east of the woods. Only for a moment then they were gone. The feathers are getting darker each day and their flight is amazing.
During the heat wave it was nice to see all the Cooper Hawks in the woods. One juvenile was on the ground as I saw him trying to fly. He had a huge meal on the ground. He gave up trying to fly and started to eat. A second juvenile came in with food as well. The third and fourth juveniles were just sitting on a branch. The Female was sitting in the tallest tree just watching all four of them. I could see all five by doing a 360 degree turn. Very cool.
You now have to go into the woods to see the hawks. They are also eating food on their own. Female delivers it and they do their own prepping.