Saturday, December 24, 2011

Cooper's Hawk's wintering in Shoshone, CA

 The Cooper's Hawk, a predator of small birds, winters in Shoshone, and several juveniles,(pictured), patrol the village and wetlands.
   In shady secluded spots, they devour their prey,often eating the head first, then plucking the breast feathers for to expose the main course.Their kill spots can be found in such spots and the arrangement of the remaining feathers can give clues as to the identity of the killer.Falcons, owls, and hawks feed in ways different enough to leave evidence. They seem to like to be near water during or right after eating. Kill spots near stream banks are common on Shoshone Wetlands .

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