Well, last night, there were no birds on that one antenna next door because a Cooper's hawk was up there waiting for them. It's a large antenna, that's why the hawk looks so small. It's actually a pretty big hawk:
It was funny seeing the finches zoom past that antenna, hoping to gather there, only to see the hawk. A crow was flying in that direction, but when he saw the hawk, he steered away. It's funny that crows will mob other hawks, but stay away from a Cooper's hawk.
Instead, the finches gathered on my small TV antenna.
Yesterday's bird count:
Yesterday, when I went to Lake Murray, I did a bird count. I've been doing about one a month there since about May or June. The duck count went down after construction started, but has started to come back up a bit. But, I was surprised at how many coots there were!
I saw a couple of surprises there. I saw some juvenile quail and I saw two new types of birds I haven't seen there before: ruddy ducks and white-crowned sparrows.
Here are the tallys from yesterday:
|1||Great Blue Heron|