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Monday, June 11, 2018

Juvenile hawks leave the nest

Photo from Wikimedia Commons
On the walk home from Wild Birds Unlimited I heard Blue Jays giving a warning call and then loud whistles from two other birds. When I looked up in the trees I saw two juvenile Cooper's Hawks fooling around with each other by pecking, wing poking, and whistling at each other. June is the time you are going to see a lot of larger birds like eagles, hawks, owls, and woodpeckers leaving the nest and exploring the area with their parents. Listen to a juvenile hawk: https://goo.gl/S152Wa

Cooper's Hawks begin their breeding season early in the spring. As early as March, they build nests made of sticks and twigs and lined with bark, conifer needles and down. The female lays 3 to 4 eggs that hatch after 32 to 36 days. Both parents care for the young, who leave the nest after 27 to 34 days when they learn to fly, but remain with their parents. The parents will continue to feed and protect the fledgling chicks until they learn how to feed themselves and survive on their own usually by September and October.

Related Articles:
Juvenile Red-tailed Hawk comes for a visit http://bit.ly/w1fDRM
Can You Scare a Hawk Away? http://bit.ly/w3vz5B
Baby Barred Owls leave the nest https://goo.gl/FqtWJS
Frozen Woodpecker http://bit.ly/ubSCTR
Birds from different species recognize each other and cooperate https://goo.gl/JpkKZH

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