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St Patrick’s Day Cooper’s Hawk

Some fun odds and ends: my buddy Amber was on the Nebraska news. She was co-leading a trip to see the massive amount of sandhill cranes in Nebraska. The group came across a huge flock of snow geese…and a local Nebraska tv station. Click here and you can see this Minnesota girl give a sound bite on how awesome it can be to watch snow geese in Nebraska, go Amber!

In other news, here’s another interesting link about business people sneaking in a little birding when they are in another town for work.

And speaking of sneaking in a little birding. Non Birding Bill and are currently at a St. Patrick’s Day gig that our buds Lorraine and Paul. I picked up NBB from his place of work in down town Minneapolis and we headed on our way. While stopped at a traffic light–a Cooper’s hawk flew right over the hood of our car! I could see in the rear view that it landed on a sidewalk nearby and whipped the car around.

There it was on outside a liquor store off of Washington Street near 35W! It stayed there until an unsuspecting driver pulled up to park next to it.

From the looks of things, it appeared to have taken a starling. It was a nice healthy looking adult, looked to be male based on size.

So, after our birding detour, we made it in plenty of time to the gig! What a fun St. Pat’s animal sighting. Totally beats the giant dogs dyed green that I saw before I picked up NBB.

Oh, and speaking of St. Patrick’s day, Hasty Brook sent me a link to the Irish Dancing Nuthatch. Enjoy.

7 comments to St Patrick’s Day Cooper’s Hawk

  • ladycelia

    I have a Cooper’s that has decided to hunt my back yard. Which is better than the big Red Tail that WAS hunting my yard and who killed one of my hens.

    Anyway, the neighborhood crows post sentries when the hawk comes around. Makes it much easier for me to rest a little easier with chickens in the backyard. I don’t think a Cooper’s could take a hen, but I don’t want to find out the hard way.

  • rmharvey

    Sure it wasn’t an inebriated Copper’s Hawk that was too sozzled to fly?

  • momo

    I don’t know what kind it was, but a few weeks ago I saw a hawk get something I assumed was a squirrel right next to the 4th st onramp at 35-W, while I was waiting for the light to change. Same general zone.

  • wildwose

    All I can say is…Yay! One less European Starling around! (I can only assume it was a Euro-Starling) The nasty little buggers have made nests in the soffits of my house the past two years. We can actually see them come out of the vent holes through the windows of our bedroom. I am not ashamed to admit that were they Eastern Bluebirds I wouldn’t mind at all. I am indeed prejudiced. Such is the case with Europeans. If you give them an inch…they take…EVERYTHING!

  • Anonymous

    “In other news, here’s another interesting link about business people sneaking in a little birding when they are in another town for work.”

    Speaking of birding on business trips, I will be in Minneapolis at the end of May. Can you suggest (do a post-on) some spots within walking distance from downtown?

    Thanks for considering the request.

  • OpposableChums

    So even the birds are “picking something up at the liquor store” for St. Patty’s Day…

  • danielle

    We just drove through NE on our way to AZ last weekend. The snow geese displays were amazing! they fly in layers, so you see three or four formations crossing paths in these amzing patterns. Best airshow around, and completely visible from the interstate. We’re hoping that they and the cranes will still be around on our way back to Mpls this coming weekend.