Date: 2/22/21 4:30 pm From: Ramsey, Lawrence William <lwr...> Subject: Unusual accipiter behavior??
The pictured juvenile Coppers ( I think) taken today is one of three accipiters that have been hanging around our feeders this winter and the one we see most often. We had an adult male SSHA yesterday nab a goldfinch in mid air which. We also had adult COHA on Saturday. The strange behavior occurred near late Saturday evening in poor light. Now the pictured COHA came out nowhere a week ago and scored a MODO mid morning and like the SSHA nabbing a AMGO in mid air is, to my understanding, typical behavior. But at dusk Saturday evening either our pictured hawk or the adult seen earlier that day made a pass at the feeder and missed and landed in a tree along the creek. As I put my binos on it to see who it was it few rapidly into a Hawthorn about 5 meters away from his perch and it looked like it grabbed something then flew out for about 30 meters then perched and started to open his package. I could not see what it was in the fading light but it was small and dark. I suspect it was a junco. When accipiter is around, juncos often go deep into one of the numerous hawthorn trees we have around as do other passerines like sparrows and cardinals. I have never seen a hawk go after prey embedded in a tree, especially a dense and prickly one such as a hawthorn.