Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Hunter and Hunted
I have a pair of resident Cooper's hawks right here in Seattle. They're incredibly successful and eat mostly other birds. They appeared about three years ago - one of my neighbors feeds the pigeons every morning and that flock used to be 30 strong and now it has about 10 really wily, easily scared pigeons. The hawks also eat crows, jays and even tiny cute warblers - the latter just seems a bit mean to me - they're hardly a morsel!
On the other hand, the hawks are genuinely gorgeous and they let me get pretty close. They seem to be a pair who don't care about humans.