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Young Cooper

This young Cooper’s hawk came to my birdfeeder. I apologize for the number of photos, but he had so much to say.

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How rude of them to all leave the second I arrive on the roof of the feeder. They’ve got my feathers ruffled now! I have as much right to be at the birdfeeder as anyone else. After all, I plan to feed on birds. Isn’t that what a birdfeeder is for?

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It’s hard to find friends when you’re a bird of prey. I’m not even good at catching birds for my supper yet, being just a youngster.

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I have a better view from here. And I think … yes … a few of those delicious finches are returning.

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Eyes front! Play it cool. Pretend you don’t see them.

Oh no. Wouldn't you know it? My mom is calling. Should I stay or go?

Oh no. Wouldn’t you know it? What a time for my mom to be calling. Should I stay or go?

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Meanwhile the birds took off again. Darned dogs running around scaring off my meals. Can’t you just sit still for a while?

Another night of going to bed without supper.

Another night of going to bed without supper.

But just you wait until I get my claws into you tomorrow.

But just you wait until I get my claws into you tomorrow.

I'll pretend I'm not looking. That usually works.

I’ll pretend I’m not looking. That usually works.

I might have to settle for that mouse down there.

Or … I might have to settle for that mouse down there.

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Don’t judge me for hanging around the birdfeeder! What did you think? I gotta eat!

 


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A Stellar Steller’s Squabble

You know that fall is coming when the Steller’s jays show up to squabble over the hazelnuts dropping from the trees. These brightly coloured birds are a relative of the crow, which everyone in bloggerville knows I hate because they abduct and eat the children of  other birds. But at this time of year the jays are only here to rob me of the fruits of my labours,  so I tolerate their coarse squawking call and focus on their brilliant blue colouring. They do have a reputation of being nest robbers too, but they don’t show up in our area during that spring nesting time.

These sunflower seeds and hazelnuts have me drooling.

These sunflower seeds and hazelnuts have me drooling.

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Look out! Danger up above.

 

Don’t even try that trick on me. You just want that hazelnut for yourself.

Don’t even try that trick on me. You just want that hazelnut for yourself.

 

Well, it’s about time I got some of the good stuff. You’re so greedy all the time.

Well, it’s about time I got some of the good stuff. You’re so greedy all the time.

 

Go ahead then. Be that way. I'll take the leftovers, as usual.

Go ahead then. Be that way. I’ll take the leftovers, as usual.

 

Take it then. Just stop nagging me.

Take it then. Just stop nagging me.

Someone's coming! Quick! Hit 'em with the brick.

Someone’s coming! Quick! Hit ’em with the brick.

Nice butt, by the way!

Nice butt, by the way!

 

Awww... you say the sweetest things.

Awww… you say the sweetest things.