This is as close as this pelican can get to Bakasana position, but then he’s not a crow. And I promised the Coopers hawk. All week long he’s been ki-ki-ki-ki-ki-ing at me while I sit on my bee infested park bench and either I didn’t have the telephoto on or at hand or I just plain couldn’t locate him by sight. But this morning I snagged him, just in time to throw him aboard Friday’s Ark.
I always say "he" but there is a he and a she and who knows what’s in the
oven nest? I don’t think she’s actually sitting yet but I do think she’s laying. She’ll lay one every day or two until she has 4-5 and then they’ll take turns sitting for about 24 days. It seems to me that only 3-4 hatch so perhaps a couple of the eggs don’t develop. Come to think of it, I haven’t seen both off the nest together for a few days so it’s possible they’ve just started the incubation process.
Once they hatch the fun begins: on average a six week old Coopers hawk eats 9 English sparrows and a mouse or two per day. All that gets ripped up and served in bite size pieces and the dining table is usually over the neighbor’s Mercedes. They keep threatening to "shoot that damn bird."
I’ll be back down again at the end of the month so I’ll be able to tell whether there are hatchlings or not and I’ll post again about the growth and development of these raptors. These pictures are the "he"- he is smaller than the female and his "leggings" are not nearly as pronounced. For your perspective, he sits at the top of this very tall tree so it’s hard to get a good clear shot…