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Cooper’s hawk feeds on it’s prey in an Oakland backyard

Cooper’s hawk feeds on pigeon in Oakland, CA, backyard. (Erich Hayner, Oakland, CA)
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This is a picture of my backyard Cooper’s hawk with his dinner (we have lots of pigeons). I’d spent all day at hawk hill scouring the skies for raptors with no luck. As I drove up my driveway, this guy popped down and made his kill right before my eyes (a first). Just goes to show, nature is everywhere!
Erich Hayner, Oakland, California

There’s so much “nature” going on in our backyards, I now call our backyards … “The Urban Wilderness.” /Gary

Posted on Tuesday, November 9th, 2010
Under: Cooper's hawk, Hawks, Pigeons | No Comments »

Wild band-tailed pigeons in a local backyard. Where did they come from?

Band-tailed pigeons on backyard feeder. Photo by Herman Koberle, Pleasanton, Calif.

Dear Gary:
We have lived in Pleasanton, in this house, for 28 years and it was 2 months ago that these band-tailed pigeons showed up. We have had bird feeders up for most of that time. Are they new to this area? I have talked to neighbors and people from different areas and no one has seen them or knows where they roost. Any ideas?

We have counted as many as 15 in our backyard.
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Posted on Wednesday, April 8th, 2009
Under: Band-tailed pigeons, Hunting, Pigeons, Rock dove | 7 Comments »