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Emily Dickinson

Sunday, September 16, 2012

A territorial dispute: Cooper's hawk vs. crows

A Cooper's hawk visits a Mission Viejo neighborhood in search of food.  Photo by J.J. Meyer
We heard some unusual squawking sounds from a couple of crows in our back yard yesterday.  Two puffed up crows were apparently attempting to fend off a Cooper's hawk.  It didn't take long for this accipiter to become annoyed.  It jumped toward them in the tree and the action was over; the crows took off.  Meanwhile, my backyard feeders were noticeably empty. 

Cooper's Hawks' numbers have grown significantly in California as they adapted to finding prey at birdfeeders and nesting in urban areas. Read more about hawks in my Orange County Register column Urban hawks visit birdfeeders.

Happy Birding!

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