I don’t know what would have happened eventually, if they’d been left
undisturbed, but after 20 minutes of this unexpected tolerance, my apprentice
arrived on the scene. As we walked slowly down to the workshop, the Crows
flushed one by one (they know us, and watch for their regular handouts, but
they don’t allow us to approach). The hawk was the last to leave, flying off
through the trees, strong and agile.
Through the entire 20 minutes I never heard anything out of the Crows, though
at one point one of them was visibly making some sort of quiet vocalization
that did’t penetrate to my living room.
The Crows soon returned, and so have all the other feeder birds.
> On Jan 30, 2018, at 11:11 AM, Geo Kloppel <geoklop...@gmail.com> wrote:
> Three Crows, regulars at my feeding station, are resting quietly on their
> usual perches in an ash tree. They’re about 30 feet up, and the scene looks
> just like any other winter day, except that an adult Cooper’s Hawk is perched
> about ten feet below them. Been there for 15 minutes!
> The Crows are not making a fuss, and it almost looks like the Coop is
> “pretending” to be one of them, using them as cover while waiting for small
> birds to return to the sunflower hopper just below.
> A fourth Crow has flown in, and one of the others dropped down toward the
> ground feeding area, as if to grab a morsel, but thought better of it, I
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