|Painted Bunting at the Bath|
One interesting but troubling development this summer is that a pair of Cooper's Hawks nested somewhere in the woods across from my house. I heard what sounded like a Pileated Woodpecker only it was a slightly different loud cackling noise. I tracked it to a Cooper's Hawk and figured that since it was being so vocal, it must have a nest.
I never found the nest, but a couple of weeks ago I began hearing a flicker-like mewing call. Tracking that I found a young Cooper's Hawk, probably begging for food. So far I have found three juveniles. They are now flighted but still staying close to the nest area, probably still hoping Mom and Dad will bring food. I have not seen the adults recently, so they must be busy hunting.
One interesting feature of the juvenile birds is their white "bloomers." The feathers below the tail are very fluffy and downy, as are the feathers around their legs.
The other birds in the neighborhood are not happy about the new residents. I tracked one young bird by following the sound of two upset Red-bellied Woodpeckers.
|Pair of young Cooper's Hawks|
|Cooper's Hawk Juvenile|
|Cooper's Hawk Juvie Rear View|
|Note the downy undertail feathers.|
|Young Cooper's Hawk hollers for food?|
There were lots of Laughing Gulls with many brownish young ones, Royal Terns and juveniles, Black Skimmers & their young, and Sandwich Terns with teen-agers begging.
|Juvenile Royal Tern|
|Juvenile Sandwich Tern|
|Ruddy Turnstone in breeding best|
|Fly-by flock of Semipalmated Plovers|