[va-bird] Cooper's Hawk Stalking Prey on Ground...?
- From: Alex Robbins <birdzeyevu@xxxxxxxxx>
- To: va-bird@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
- Date: Wed, 19 Jan 2005 19:24:28 -0800 (PST)
Yesterday (12/18/05) I was outside getting my mail when a large bird, about the the size of a crow, flew by and landed in my neighbor's yard. The bird, which I thought looked somewhat like an Accipiter at first glance, later turned out to be a Cooper's Hawk. What struck me as peculiar was its behavior. The bird progressed slowly towards a clump of shrubs near my neighbor's house ON THE GROUND until it reached the very edge of the bushes. Then, without warning, the bird lept into the air and dove headfirst inside the shrubs, setting off an enormous flurry of alarm calls and overall shrieking as twenty or so smaller birds, most likely Juncos and Sparrows, erupted from the bushes and began to assial their would be assailant. The Cooper's, overwhelemed, was driven off, where it proceeded to perch on a branch overlooking the cul-de-sac. Very strange behavior for such a bird. Haven't spotted the bird since, but my guess is that it will make another appearance before too long, with feeder volume increasing as the winter preogresses (and gets colder!). Until then, I will continue to keep my eye out for it. Best Wishes to All and Happy Birding! -Alex Robbins Fairfax Station, VA __________________________________ Do you Yahoo!? Yahoo! Mail - Easier than ever with enhanced search. Learn more. http://info.mail.yahoo.com/mail_250 You are subscribed to VA-BIRD. To post to this mailing list, simply send email to va-bird@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx To unsubscribe, send email to va-bird-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with 'unsubscribe' in the Subject field.
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