Monday, March 25, 2013
Cooper's hawk and crow
I was hoping to get some interactions between the male Cooper's hawk above and the crows that it was harassing and attacking. I often seen Cooper's hawk attacking crows, but I haven't seen any crows get killed, tough I know Cooper's hawks do kill and eat crows. The crows didn't seem very terrified of the hawk which was a bit smaller than they were, being a male Cooper's and not a female.
This particular crow got injured by the hawk and recovered. When she was hurt, another crow came and comforted her and gave her food. But, when she was better and after she was flying OK, they all moved off. I wasn't fast enough to get any photos of the attacks.
The hawk stayed in the three and looked around, but I don't think he saw two killdeer in the grass, frozen and silent. There was a male and a female killdeer there. I didn't even see them until after the crows flew off. But, the hawk wasn't interested in them, he wanted the crows and flew over to where they were at.
Attacking crows must be a dangerous thing to do for a small hawk. I'm really surprised the crows didn't gang up on the hawk.