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The begging call of a baby Cooper's Hawk. (I think it sounds like a kitten whistling.) It had been out of the nest for only three weeks. There were three other fledgling siblings in the grove there, and all of them were begging for a food drop from their parents.

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Comment by JustAnotherUserName on June 9, 2011 at 1:03pm
Awwwwwwwww...!  I want one of those, too.  I want a squirrel, a cat and a hawk.  This series is killin' me.
Comment by Marie on June 9, 2011 at 1:28pm
Thank you so much! OMG (s)he's so beautiful. I can just imagine the pleasure you get watching them grow up and studying them! You have really sparked my interest in bird watching. lol Nothing fancy... just binoculars and maybe some pictures and video - if lucky.
Comment by NatureJunkie on June 9, 2011 at 3:25pm
@ Ruth: Of squirrels, cats, and hawks, I can tell you that the only ones who know how to use a litter box are the cats.
Comment by NatureJunkie on June 9, 2011 at 3:28pm

@ Marie: It really doesn't require anything fancier than binoculars and a notebook. If you get into it, seeing as you describe yourself as a science geek, then you might be interested in volunteering your observations to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology:

They rely on "citizen scientists" from all over the continent.

Comment by Pypermarru1 on June 9, 2011 at 6:42pm

Cooper Hawk, eh?  Is this the hawk you kept point out after we passed it, while I was driving?  Pfft.....Stink'n Cooper Hawk.


Comment by BlancheNoE on June 9, 2011 at 10:07pm

Way cool. It just makes you want to chew something up and feed him/her, doesn't it ?

@ Marie- If you're looking for a funny and entertaining bird blog I recommend George Bristow's Secret Freezer


The author/ornithologist is a HOOT (*crickets*,...tough audience ) and he has lots of great links to all things bird related.

Comment by Marie on June 9, 2011 at 10:42pm

Why oh why did I check my email before heading off to bed?

@NatureJunkie Oh, I have binoculars, monoculars, and bigger 'stuff' lying about... I guess I can dig up the lab book my husband gave me when he was deluded enough hoping we'd work on our Messier certificates as a couple. How romantic...


@BlancheNoE Did a quick check of Mr. Bristow... Within seconds he had me chuckling away. He is a hoot! Added him to my bookmarks immediately. Thanks so much for the link. Do you bird watch too?


Now, in stead of heading off to bed like an adult, I'm going to wander around those two sites, learning about bird watching... and at some point have to decide whether I should just stay up all night or go to bed for a few hours. Thanks you so much you two... ;-)



Comment by NatureJunkie on June 10, 2011 at 3:42pm
@ Blanche: Thanks for the George Bristow link. I'd never seen his blog before, but he's very funny. ("I have one wife, Diane, who drinks wine. Between us, we have two children who eat money.") That's kind of rare among bird nerds.
Comment by SydTheSkeptic on June 11, 2011 at 1:05am

So that's a "begging" call?  I could've sworn I heard something like, "Hey, that chick's filming us again.  WHY is it always when I'm just waking up?  Shit, I need some coffee. Did anyone put a fresh pot on...?"

Comment by NatureJunkie on June 11, 2011 at 4:45pm
@ Syd: According to my Star Trek universal translator that I got at a Paramount auction, that is precisely what he is saying.


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