it's a family of FOUR hawks! i sat outside long enough this evening to see all of them. it MUST be a couple of juveniles making all the noise as it's the two bigger parents that sit looking on and following them around as they roughhouse aerially. and it must be one of the juveniles that likes peeking in my windows -- though i hope he grows out of that because it could get him in trouble.
they're all so pretty -- it was so cute, three of them were hanging out together on the telephone wire earlier... what's less cute is the partial carcasses they keep leaving under the trees. gross guys, come on.
... check out who i found peering in my kitchen window just now:
we have a pair of cooper's hawks (successfully identified only a few months ago careof Shipley's) that nest yearly in the trees in our front yard, facing the park. good mouse hunting i reckon. well, recently i have noticed an awful lot of noisy bird calls -- so i figured new baby. but i had noticed this guy flying around and around -- maybe just a noisy parent? and then the other day when i went outside somebody in the street pointed out that this guy was sitting on another windowsill. considering i have no screens on my windows i was a little concerned that i would come home to a hawk visitor waiting for me in my living room.
this guy must really love the view from the sills though, because i found it peering in my kitchen window at me today. what a piercing look it gave me... and it was pretty cool to be able to get so close to it to check out it's lovely feathers. i guess because of the sunlight mirroring off the window it couldn't really see me until i got quite close.
so is this really still one of my familiar cooper's hawks? help me identify... and what would make it suddenly start behaving differently?