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Old 01-15-2011, 02:59 PM   #11
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When looking out the window today I noticed the local Cooper Hawk had captured and was in the proscess of eating a Turtle Dove or as some folks call them Mourning Doves, I was happy to see the Hawk but felt bad for the Dove and it's Spouse.
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Old 01-15-2011, 03:20 PM   #12
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Supposedly, the hawks usually capture the sick or older birds. Survival of the fittest. It's also the food chain. But, I hate watching birds being taken down by hawks. The hawks usually hit them so hard that they are killed on impact.
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Old 01-15-2011, 07:47 PM   #13
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Sounds right. Certainly the Red Tailed hawk I saw seemed to kill his pigeon on impact.
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Old 01-17-2011, 09:34 PM   #14
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Well, I finally got a photo of the coopers hawk that keeps culling my sparrow population. I was washing dishes and saw him sitting on the chimney of my next door neighbor's house! (I live on the second floor). Unfortunately its not the clearest photo as it was taken through a screened window, but here he is.

Isn't he a beauty?
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Nice!
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Old 01-19-2011, 08:03 PM   #16
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Nice!
Thanks, Benji! I was so proud of myself that the photo isn't too blurry! John always teases me how my pictures aren't in focus!
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Old 01-19-2011, 08:05 PM   #17
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When looking out the window today I noticed the local Cooper Hawk had captured and was in the proscess of eating a Turtle Dove or as some folks call them Mourning Doves, I was happy to see the Hawk but felt bad for the Dove and it's Spouse.
Are you sure it was a turtle dove? They are not native to the US.

Ringed Turtle-Dove, Identification, All About Birds - Cornell Lab of Ornithology

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Mourning Dove, Identification, All About Birds - Cornell Lab of Ornithology
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Old 01-19-2011, 09:42 PM   #18
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Yes I was wrong in identifying it as a turtle dove,,They are Mourning Doves here in Michigan and the Turtle is in the Bahama's and Southern Florida. About the only native birds I see at the feeder are Cardinals and Blue Jays in the winter. Some people let their cats run loose and they just hunt for sport. At least when the Hawk brings down a bird it's the circle of life. When the cats get a bird, squirrel, or rabbit it just seems like such a waste although I guess an opossum gets sloppy seconds.
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