Cooper’s Hawk | Photo
Yesterday morning I was watching the back yard while I ate breakfast. Suddenly, there she was, sitting on a large old flowerpot next to our garage. She looked like a statue, except for her head and eyes that kept turning from side to side, craftily scanning the yard for food. Maybe a lazy squirrel or a small bird for breakfast? Yummy. But…we went out to get in our car and she decided to find another hunting ground for now.
You can see and read more about Cooper’s Hawks here. We’ve also seen them in snowy mid-winter, flying through bare trees after a tasty bird.
In case you’re wondering, the yellow post in the foreground warns us if we get the car too close to the brick wall.
© Elouise Renich Fraser, 19 March 2022
Photo taken by DAFraser, 18 March 2022
That’s pretty cool. We have some American Kestrels that like to hunt in our area, confused for hawks. But we identified them by their calls. Well, we’re fortunate in that families of kites and crows live in the trees surrounding our property, so thankfully our chickens don’t get predated too much. But these kestrels are sneaky. They learned that the crows and kites would escort them out once they heard their calls. So they stopped alerting their presence.
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I love it! Never underestimate the intelligence of kestrels! 😊