[Bristol-Birds] Cooper's Hawk -- alert to night visitors.
- From: "Wallace Coffey" <jwcoffey@xxxxxxxxxx>
- To: "Bristol-birds" <bristol-birds@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sat, 21 Jun 2008 17:12:50 -0400
The female Cooper's Hawk continues her daily vigil, carefully and safely watching over her nest. The young are growing fast and her days are quite busy. She probably hunts over an area maybe up to a half mile away. At night she usually settles in the middle of the nest and the many young will gather around her -- all facing in towards mom. If winds or rain comes hard, she spreads here wings for extra protection. Her vigil Fri., 2:30 p.m. At night, she'll sleep with her head upon the side of the nest directly in front of her where she can be alert to dangerous night visitors. One prowler can be a problem. There is a Raccoon living in these woods. They sometimes pick up the odor from the waste at the foot of the tree. They climb higher and higher as its density in the foliage increases near the nest. This can be a serious predator -- day or night. The hawks eat small birds. The Raccoon eats small hawks. The food chain is not without great risk. Let's go birding...... Wallace Coffey Bristol, TN
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