Learning to be Top Bird

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Learning to be Top Bird

This year’s youngsters from a Cooper’s Hawk nest in a near neighbours garden have been out and about the past two or three weeks. Cruising the gardens and generally learning how to be Hawks. When the adults come by it’s all done in silence but these teenagers do a lot of shouting and calling as they bang around. For all that it seems that they are managing to make a living as they look to be in pretty fine fettle on the whole. Yesterday one flew across the garden with a Chickadee in one talon crying at the top of its voice “Mum, Mum. I’ve got one!! All by myself” as it headed back in the general direction of where it hatched.

This guy paused in one of the old maple trees for a look around and then failed to catch a Red-eyed Vireo … but there will be other opportunities.

It was noticeable that the bird constantly stood one one foot – normal behaviour (quote): “… accipiters … will often hold one foot inside their belly feathers to minimize heat loss, and often switch back and forth between their feet.”

Nice bird, I hope that he stays around to entertain us in the winter ahead but he’ll probably be heading out as he matures to find his own territory.


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By |2016-08-02T17:18:47+00:00August 2nd, 2016|birding, birds, raptors, Uncategorized|2 Comments


  1. Liz Quantrell 2016-08-02 at 19:35 - Reply

    Great photos.

  2. Richard 2016-08-02 at 20:31 - Reply

    Thanks Liz … Serendipity and the new camera ?

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