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Saturday, October 16, 2010

Cooper's hawk waits for finches; result of bird count

Every night, about an hour before sunset a couple dozen finches sit on the TV antenna on the building next door and about a dozen sit on the antenna on our building. They gather there and then go to their night-time roosts.

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:

3 Canada Goose
4 Wood Duck
275 Mallard
12 Ruddy Duck
2 California Quail
8 Pied-billed Grebe
6 Double-crested Cormorant
1 Great Blue Heron
1 Snowy Egret
1 Osprey
1 Cooper's Hawk
392 American Coot
2 Killdeer
1 Spotted Sandpiper
5 Western Gull
2 California Gull
46 Rock Pigeon
90 Mourning Dove
14 Anna's Hummingbird
1 Belted Kingfisher
8 Black Phoebe
7 Western Kingbird
2 American Crow
93 Bushtit
7 Marsh Wren
2 California Gnatcatcher
3 Northern Mockingbird
6 California Towhee
40 Song Sparrow
1 White-crowned Sparrow
7 Red-winged Blackbird
1 Yellow-headed Blackbird
10 Brewer's Blackbird
33 Great-tailed Grackle
17 House Finch
4 Lesser Goldfinch
1 American Goldfinch
4 House Sparrow
2 Nutmeg Mannikin

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