Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Coolin' Cooper's in my backyard

Howdy, Birders,

It was 106 F the past two days, in Hollister! I was surprised to see this COOPER'S HAWK sitting on the birdbath in my backyard. Maybe, I shouldn't have been.

It took a long time for it to begin to think about cooling off in the water!
Finally, in the bath. It never did splish and splash, though!
It kept eyeballing the sky. I could not see what it might be looking at— perhaps another hawk?
Finally, the Cooper's Hawk saw something that made it take off. It was never bothered by me, although it was calling with whining whistles and chirp notes.

While working in my office, today, I saw her snatch two House Sparrows!

Coop's forever,
Debi Shearwater
San Benito County Birding

All images copyright Debi Shearwater.

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