Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Hunting among the dead

A pair of Cooper's hawks (Accipiter cooperii) appear to be nesting somewhere at Santa Rosa Rural Cemetery. In the morning one or both can usually be found perched high up in some mostly leafless trees surrounding a meadow. Unlike the turkey vultures, these birds appear to have a high tolerance for being examined by puny humans far below them. I've been able to do several sketches in the past few weeks. The female is the one I see the most. She's much bigger than her mate and apparently is more of a hunter. I have yet to see either bird catch something but last week I saw the male carrying nest material. Strangely, today I read about another nesting Cooper's hawk in San Jose, California.

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