Saturday, September 15, 2012

Back Here in Tucson-A Cooper’s Hawk!

1. Coopers Hawk-kab Cooper’s Hawk in my yard September 14, 2012

Yesterday morning it was so nice here that I threw the windows open wide while I made my breakfast downstairs. As I was standing at the kitchen counter I suddenly heard the loud explosion of bird wings. I knew immediately what it was and rushed to the window with my binoculars in hand. Sure enough, there on the block wall perched a juvenile cooper’s hawk. I could tell it was a juvenile by the dark vertical streaks on its breast instead of the typical adult horizontal rusty barring.

2. cooper's hawk-kab With a thumping heart I raced upstairs and grabbed my camera. I quietly opened the door onto the balcony and crept toward to railing, snapping photos as I went. surprisingly, the bird did not immediately bolt. Instead, it stayed where it was, looking below to where it had seen so many doves a few moments again. It looked completely baffled as to where they had gone. The result was that I was able to snap off a few decent shots before it took wing again and was gone.

3. Coop on the wall-kab 

4. COHA-kab 

5. Cooper's-kab Thanks for the visit young Cooper’s. I’m kind of glad you didn’t eat any of my doves, but could you please gobble up a few pigeons? Thanks!

6. Pigeons-kabThis is why I cannot put a bird feeder out!

The unpacking progresses and I’ve almost got order restored to the house. In-between I have been able to have a bit of fun. I went birding last Sunday with Chris of Las Adventuras. Yesterday my son and I went for a short hike in Saguaro national Park,and in the afternoon I went and had tea with my friend Celeste. I have more birding adventures already planned for this weekend and during the next week. meanwhile I am trying to get caught up on all my blogging. Look for a blog post a day if I can pull it off! I certainly have the photos and stories to go with it! I will get back to our cross-country travels soon and then the new life and day to day adventures begin! Thank you all who visit my blog and read my posts. I really do appreciate it. For my family and friends, I miss you so. For all my new friends, I can’t wait to meet you!

By the way, this Cooper’s Hawk is species number 21 for my backyard. The day before I was totally surprised to find a Green-tailed Towhee in my backyard underneath the oleander bushes but when I slid the door open to snap a picture it flew off! I have also seen a Say’s Phoebe on two occasions now!

24 comments:

  1. That was a fortuitous sighting. Don't suppose you can shoot those pigeons with a bb gun. ;)

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    1. Not in city limits and not without getting arrested!

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  2. Beautiful bird in the morning light.

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  3. I agree with Jeremy....beautiful Cooper and great lighting. Too bad he did not go after the pigeons.

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    1. Kathryn, those pics were not taken on the same day but the pigs are always around so I do wish s/he would hunt them instead!

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  4. What fun to establish a new yard list!! And in a 'new' place. The shots of the Coopers are just beautiful!

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    1. KaHolly, I have kept a yard list ever since I started eBirding and even before. This is now my 3rd eBird Yard list! Oh, and I have one retroactive one for when I lived in Maine!

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  5. Great shots! Love these birds. Very very intelligent hawks:) I'm so looking forward to our birding adventure tomorrow....and the weather is going to be divine.

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    1. Roherebot, they are fun and exciting to observe! and we had fun, didn't we!

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  6. That hawk is gorgeous, great pctures.

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  7. We were up in Idyllwild (at 5,000 feet) last weekend. I was taking photos of the family of quail nearby when I heard a squawk and a Cooper's hawk got a blue jay. It was so sudden that I didn't even have time to get a photo! I did see the bird in its talons as it flew away...

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    1. Cheryl Ann, I am sure it took your breath away!

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  8. wow!! what gorgeous shots of the Cooper's hawk!! wow!! i love the detail...the fine feathers sticking out...the third shot down is amazing...with the sun & shadows!! and that last picture in the one legged stance!! beautiful!!

    ALL those pigeons!! ha! what a sight!! you might have a little roof clean-up after a while!

    happy sunday!

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    1. Laura, thanks! As for the roof clean-up, that was not my rooftop and I will let nature take care of that! They usually don't hang around for too long.

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  9. Hi Kathie

    Great post I loved the photos of the hawk and I am glad you have kept in touch with all of us thru your blog.

    Regards
    Guy

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    1. Guy, it sure makes it easier to keep everyone up to date this way! Thanks for stopping by!

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  10. Your new place has been Cooper christened!

    Bummer about all those Pigeons though. Maybe you need a few more Hawks or Falcons around there. Chris mentioned he had been recently birding with another birder friend. I'm looking forward to hearing about that! Trying to figure a time to get down to SE AZ to myself. Hope your week is a great success.

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    1. Laurence, Chris and I have been out twice now. We would love to have another birder! let me know when you are in town!

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  11. welcome back to Tucson Kathie. really looking forward to catching up with your posts.

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    1. TonyC, nice to have you back! Thank you for the warm welcome!

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  12. How amazing and wonderful that you were able to get so many great shots of him! As you know, we've had Cooper's Hawk visitors to our yard, but I have trouble capturing them on film. We also have had Grey Hawks here in the yard, as well. I'm pretty sure I told you about both some months ago. Recently a smaller hawk, probably a kestrel, paid a visit. Love your shots! Hope you are getting settled in in your new home.

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    1. Marie, you certainly live in a hawk filled neighborhood! I have seen kestrels around here as well, so I would not be surprised to hear that you are seeing them!

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Welcome to my nest! I hope you will enjoy spending time here with me and the birds. Thank you for your comments. I will try to get back to you as soon as I get back from counting more birds.