Sunday, September 24, 2017

A Chickadee's Sad Fate

Cooper’s Hawk Accipiter cooperii
Cooper’s Hawk Accipiter cooperii 
Remains of a Northern Flicker, many other clumps nearby
  Only three hours in the insane blazing heat today, east to west. Just a few warbler dregs mixed in with juncos and kinglets. How hot was it? When the wind blew it was like being blasted with a hair dryer. Gross.
  I walked in on the intense scene of a Cooper's Hawk plucking and eating a Black-capped Chickadee, while being harassed by a Blue Jay. The poor 'dee was devoured in about four minutes. Everyone's gotta eat. Must be hard being a bird.

Mount-Royal Cemetery, (Notre-Dame-des-Neiges Cemetery), September 24, 2017
Turkey Vulture-1
Sharp-shinned Hawk-1
Cooper’s Hawk-1
Ring-billed Gull-(2)
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker-1 juv in Oak Ridge
Downy Woodpecker-2
Hairy Woodpecker-2
Northern Flicker-3 (1)
Red-eyed Vireo-1
Blue Jay-2
American Crow-15
Black-capped Chickadee-10 (7)
White-breasted Nuthatch-1
Winter Wren-3
Golden-crowned Kinglet-2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet-10+ (4)
Eastern Bluebird-4
Swainson’s Thrush-3 (1)
Grey Catbird-2
Cedar Waxwing-3
Tennessee Warbler-2
Yellow-rumped Warbler-4 (1)
Blackpoll Warbler-1
Northern Cardinal-3
Chipping Sparrow-45+ (20+)
Song Sparrow-4 (2)
White-throated Sparrow-24+ (12+)
Dark-eyed Junco-20+ (8)
American Goldfinch-3

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