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Judy: No, quite to the contrary, your backyard Coop's may offer a small
sanctuary within their breeding territory. Quite often prey species and
predators coexist near nest sites. Many raptors typically fly away from nest
sites to hunt and kill. After the hatch, the larger females tend to stay at
home to protect the nests and actually intimidate the smaller males who shy
away from the nest site and do most of the serious hunting.

I know of several Coop's territories with abundant passerines near the nest
sites.

Enjoy the rare opportunity to watch raptors nesting close at-hand,

Patrick Leary, Fernandina Beach
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From: "Judy Fisher" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Friday, March 02, 2007 11:24 AM
Subject: [FLBIRDS] Cooper's Hawk mixed blessing


> My grandson yelled to me this morning to come quick as there was a
Cooper's
> Hawk carrying nesting material into one of my oaks.  With the new leaves
not
> yet replaced we are able to see the bird trying to get the sticks to
> cooperate.  There aren't many sticks there yet.
>
> I am happy and sad at the same time.  All the migrants that come through
my
> yard each season are such a joy to watch.  I think the Cooper's Hawk's
> presence will keep the migrants out of my yard.
>
> Judy
>
> Judy Fisher
> Seminole, Fl
>
>
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