Cooper’s Hawk

Well this is something I don’t see every day, a Cooper’s Hawk!

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There wasn’t much bird activity on the day that this hawk made an appearance. The lack of birds is usually a sign that a predator of some sort is nearby. I resigned myself to the fact that there wasn’t going to be much to photograph after the hawk zoomed away, but hey, I’d gotten a shot of a Cooper’s hawk!!

 

Add them to your list.

Doves…not always the first bird to come to mind when naming gorgeous birds. They  are, however, exquisite. Yes, they waddle, but when they fly they are the epitome of streamlined aircraft. Just look at the beauty of the wings, so many colors, highlights and shadows. 

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The male dove is also a romantic,a poet, irresistible as far as the ladies are concerned.

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If only they didn’t monopolize the bird feeder.

 

 

What’s for lunch?

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Somehow I managed to focus and noticed the arrival of a goldfinch…as it turned out the bird on the branch was…the mother and the incoming bird was one of it’s “babies”. 

Soon two more “babies” arrived and one exhibited wing flapping behavior…usually this is a little one begging mom for food.

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Sure enough…mom produced a tasty morsel and popped it into the little mouth.

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One of the other babies jumped in and asked mom to open wide, hoping for a nibble.

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There’s always someone who isn’t willing to patiently wait, to say the least. I think sitting on mom’s tail feathers is a really pushy move.

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So there you have it…a mom teaching her babies where food can be found, while at the same time, continuing to feed them until they can do it for themselves.

 

 

 

Winging it.

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Isn’t this male bluebird pretty?

The beautiful wings are like a cape  and everything says, “elegant.”

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Then we have the mourning dove, clumsy on the branch ,built like a tank, it’s wings are beautiful in flight. When I see it next to a bluebird, I wonder how it even gets off the ground, but the answer stares me right in the face. Look at those massive wings!

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