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a store that provides a wide variety of supplies to help you enjoy the birdwatching hobby.

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Pile of dove feathers after a hawk visits


Hawks carry their prey to a stump or low branch to pluck it before eating.
Swallowing feathers is not normal for them, as it is for owls.
Sharp-shinned hawk via Wikimedia Commons
I came in this morning and saw a pile of feathers under the tree outside the Wild Birds Unlimited store in East Lansing, MI. It looks like I had an early morning visit from a hawk. I see Sharp-shinned and Cooper's Hawks frequently.

Songbirds make up about 90 percent of the Sharp-shinned Hawk’s diet. Sparrows are the most frequent prey at the store. Hawks also eat small rodents, such as mice and voles. Doves are common prey in my area for the Cooper's Hawk.

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