Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Portrait of Cooper's mother

Photo by Mark Hengesbaugh 7/4/2013

Mark writes:

Yesterday at the dam (7/4/13), we saw the 4 Cooper's hawk fledglings hanging out on one snag all begging raucously. Then we found mom sitting like a duck in a cool pool of water below the dam studiously ignoring her offspring and taking a well-deserved break.
Does the dam seem to have fewer song birds at the moment? In "What the Robin Knows," by Jon Young (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2012), Young says his research shows that each hawk nestling requires sixty-six songbirds to eat during the six-week period they are on the nest. That's 264 small birds for the four chicks, a serious dent in any creek's small bird population.

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