Monday, February 27, 2012
Return of the Hawks
We decided that they were either Coopers Hawks, or Sharp-shinned Hawks, which both are very similar in size and coloration. Even the bird center at Cornell University says it is challenging to know the difference. In any case, I really enjoyed the sounds they would make flying around in the hollow and in the wood lot - various calls for location purposes, a victory call when one of them had prey, and things like that.
We knew the big pine was in trouble one spring when they no longer nested there. We'd seen them across the road, soaring above the creek and the big beaver pond over there in early February. But no nest showed up in the tree by March, as it had in the past. It turned out, they'd found another large tree back in the wood lot.
In any case, they've returned this year, and last weekend I saw them soaring above the beaver pond again. They typically return to the same nest year after year, so I'm sure they're back in the wood lot somewhere.
I snapped a few iPhone photos - this is the best of them. You can just see one of the hawks emerging in the clear space.
I'll keep an ear out for when the nesting begins.