Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Saturday, August 17, 2013
On a recent summer morning, a Cooper's Hawk, I believe, landed on the fence,
searching intently for prey.
A small bird was moving below and caught his eye - his very intense red eye!
He moves in for a closer look.
He has narrowed his search.
Or, perhaps not, as he takes one look back.
and heads out with no success.
Thursday, August 1, 2013
After the first nesting cycle, the female was wooed by another suitor.
Her mate takes notice, tries to reel her in, by chasing and circling her. He succeeds and she sits down in place.
He then chases off the intruder as she watches on.
He then races back to her,
reunites and reasserts himself, ruffles his feathers and woos her.
She accepts and acknowledges him by grooming in unison.
They face one another, with him providing a ruffled display as she sits down submissively.
He feeds her,
then mounts her and they mate.