Monday, January 31, 2011

Lunching with Mr. Coop......

Like all good bird nerds, I eat lunch at the window with my camera and bins handy!
If you look by the small tree, just past the evergreens, you'll see Mr. Coop having lunch also.


So, there I was, staring at the computer, editing photos(will it never end?!) when the Doodles screams down the stairs "There's a Hawk eating one of your buddies!" It's truly how amazing I can run up the stairs for a bird! I looked through the window, and the screen, and the trees, and there he sits staring back at us. A lovely Cooper's Hawk. AND he's eating my least favorite bird, a European Starling! One less pig stealing our seed! My apologies to our European friends...

This all started about 11:15am...and for some reason it made me very hungry. I had a delightful grilled ham and pepper jack cheese samich, no starling, while I watched and shot pics through the window. When I finished(he was STILL plucking) I thought I would try to get a few shots outside. I walked slowly down the driveway towards him, and he didn't care a bit. He looked up occasionally, but went right back to plucking and om-nomming the starling. What fun!

Careful, the last photo is a little graphic...sort of the last shots of a Euro-booty...

My non-birding friends will never understand...

First, I'll just peek around the fence...

Then I'll walk a little closer, being very nonchalant of course...

Deep in Hawk heaven, he doesn't care about me.

All the while this Cooper's is waiting in a tree across the street.

Doodles was working on her latest recipe, now called "Cooper's Balls" in honor of our starling remover.

Hawks would never eat these, I probably won't either.
Chia seed(doesn't make my hair grow back), spelt flour and other 'heathly' organicky contents designed for seed eaters like the Doodles.


"HEAD'S UP!"
Kind of like in the "Godfather" movies...watch out for that last kiss!


" I don't share!"

A clean beak is a happy beak!

**WARNING!!**

The best European Starling I've seen in a long time...
I don't think he'll be emptying my feeders anymore.

*Please note the streak going from left to right...
Mr. Cooper had to make room for more food...


* I've received a few emails and the comment from Larry suggesting the feeding accipiter is a Sharp-shinned Hawk. Any further suggestions would be great!