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Where have all the songbirds gone?

July 10, 2008

Coopers hawk3 Chers Amis,

We returned from a 6 day vacation in Colorado (heavenly!) to find a silent bird feeder. Dh had purchased a new multi-species feeder but gone were the myriad Carolina Chickadees, cardinals,tufted titmice, nuthatches, and goldfinches. Pieces of the plastic perches lay askew, victims of aggressive, hungry squirrels.  Odd, our bristle-tailed rodents had never prevented the regular diners from appearing.  It was eerie.

Early yesterday morning, Caddie discovered the problem.  A family of Coopers Hawks have taken up residence in our back woods. The trio – Mama, Papa and baby or triplets, we can’t tell – are very vocal and have been wheeling through the canopy for days, playing tag and hawk ‘Marco Polo’. I couldn’t resist following Caddie and the hawks through the woods.  (Did I mention I was in my pink bathrobe sans chaussures?  Ouch!  Thank goodness our human neighbors can’t peer into our backyard.) Here is a photo I took of one perching in our gnarled dogwood a few minutes ago.  All three were resting in the shade.  While it is quite fascinating to see them up close and they are very regal, I must remember that they are preying on our songbirds and leaving wet ‘hawk pellets’ and battered feathers behind.  I am hoping that now we are home and the kids are out creating a cacophony in the backyard that our visitors will migrate and our feeder will look more like Hartsfield-Jackson International than a Colorado ghost town!

–Marjorie

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. July 10, 2008 7:00 pm

    Yikes! We had a hawk visiting us off and on for a few weeks. It was SO neat to see him up close, but I’m also glad he’s gone and I don’t have to worry about my song birds. Hopefully, all will be back to normal soon, but

  2. July 11, 2008 7:35 am

    Awesome photo! I hope your songbirds return soon.

    We had a family of red shouldered hawks living in our old neighborhood. They used to fly around screaming every day and then find somewhere to perch. They didn’t keep the songbirds away though – I guess they were used to them.

  3. July 31, 2008 4:03 am

    Have your song birds returned yet?

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