Thursday, January 16, 2014

Bath Time Fun Cut Short

The other day I went out and filled up the heated birdbath and almost right away two blue jays took turns splashing around, over and over.
Since this birdbath is deep, the brick in the middle is for smaller birds to land on to get a drink.
All of a sudden every bird in the backyard took off like a shot.  The bath time fun ended and I looked around to see what had spooked them all.
There, on a branch at the back of the yard sat the culprit.  Update:  I originally thought this was a sharp-shinned hawk but now think it is an immature cooper's hawk.  (the yellow eye signifies immature) Unfortunately no dinner for him at our bird feeding area that day.
Today I saw this adult perched at the back, high in the trees and the large size tells me it is a cooper's hawk as well.
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48 comments:

  1. That'll do it every time! It's either a Sharp-shinned or a Cooper's - I have a hard time doing an I.D. on those two birds.

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  2. Wonderful photos . I think that is a Coopers hawk all though the one we had here was bigger it maybe a Sparrow hawk . The birds are like that here all happy and feeding then all of a sudden the yard is empty as they retreat to the hedges under cover from either hawks or stray cats . In the midst of a snow storm here tonight . Thanks for sharing . Have a good day !

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  3. Nice photos!! I love that you have a heated bird bath- fabulous! In our neck of the woods, we don't need one- it has been in the low 80's all week. (CA) I hear ya about the birds suddenly gone- poof! We have Red Tailed Hawks that perch on our back fence and scare all the birds away. Thx for visiting my blog,
    S

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  4. Glad that they all had hawk eyes, too. Yikes!

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  5. Great photos. Has to be enjoyable to sit and watch them be able to enjoy a short time in a bath in the Winter.
    Cher Sunray Gardens

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  6. Great photos! Love your photo collage - particularly the largest photo of the blue jay.

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  7. From your title, I had visions of Topaz and your grand-dog in a tub! I hope the birds enjoyed their chilly bath.

    Karen

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  8. I do believe you have captured a Coopers Hawk ... same as the one I blogged about this week! Pretty sure, but you can check out images of the hawk by googling "coopers hawk images". Same markings. I thought it was dangerous to heat a birdbath for birds in winter. Although they can access the water, and they enjoy it, when they leave the bath and the cold temps hit the water on them, their feathers won't dry quickly enough and they are susceptible to hyperthermia and death. Have you heard differently? I'm just curious.
    Wendy x

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  9. Drama in the bird bath! Great pics. But there's nothing quite like the beauty of a blue jay. Have a good weekend! Re. builders, husband was reminding me there will soon be no one left living who fought in WW II.

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  10. I think that is a Cooper but did you know that smaller birds alert the others? I think it's the chickadees that let others know danger is near...:)JP

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  11. The blue jays were enjoying their heated spa! Glad they escaped the hawk this time anyway. I understand the balance of nature -- and raptors are beautiful and need to eat too -- but it's hard when they catch their dinner in your backyard.

    Your notecards in the post below are just gorgeous...I'd be proud to receive or send them!

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  12. Chilly bath, brrr. I think a Coopers Hawk, Sharp Shinned have grey backs and darker grey cap on their head. Either one clear the backyard of birds very quickly. We had a Sharp Shinned visiting yesterday.

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  13. Lovely photos - enjoyed seeing the blue jays.

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  14. It looks like a Coopers Hawk to me, or at least what we'd call a Coopers.
    Smart Jays to take wing!

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  15. Fun bath time shots! And cool shots of the Sharpie! They are neat visitors, glad the jay was safe and knew when to leave.

    Thanks for linking up to Saturday's Critters. Have a happy weekend!

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  16. I thought Coopers, but a hawk is a hawk and I prefer them to just travel on. They bother my martins. I have one that has been hanging around for a long time.

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  17. i have that same chippy bird bath. ;)

    depending on size, either a sharp-shinned or coopers. s.s. are very small whereas coopers are more 'average hawk' sized. nice shots!

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  18. Great find to notice the hawk! It looks like it is a sparrow hawk because of the tell-tale eyebrow markings. It all depends on size, though, and only you can judge how big it was.

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  19. Great shots for Critters ~ heated bird bath sounds wonderful ~ thanks for commenting ~ carol, xxx (A Creative Harbor)

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  20. Beautiful images...tho I can see why the jays left so suddenly!!! Sinister eyes.

    You should add your link to today's Bird D'Pot list of bird photos!! The other birders would greatly appreciate your addition!!

    It opens for linking at NOON [texas time] at http://id-rather-b-birdin.blogspot.com

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  21. Wow! these birds are having great time in water.

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  22. Great post, loved the tip on the brick in the middle of the birdbath. I'm going to have to remember that one. Thanks so much and have a great weekend :)

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  23. thanks, for stopping by my blog.

    i am curious how the heater does not shock the poor birds. makes me so curious. i bet they love you because of the heat & to get away from the cold snowy times for a moment. have a nice weekend. ( :

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  24. What great photos. We get a lot of birds in our feeders and sometimes see a hawk nearby. It's hard to get a photo though. You did good! Hugs!

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  25. Fantastic set of pictures. Love the hawk.

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  26. That's quite some drinks party you put on in your back yard, love the brick for the smaller birds in your birdbath - what great photos!
    Wren x

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  27. Judith, you capture the most amazing bird photos! Beautiful job!!!
    Hugs,
    Beth P

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  28. Very lovely fotos bath 's birds, have a nice weekend.

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  29. They do have a way of spoiling all the fun.

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  30. I can always tell when the resident hawks are hunting, the songbirds vanish. Great shots!

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  31. Great job, admire your shots here.
    Pretty birds. Bath moments make me smile :)
    Thanks for dropping by, happy Sunday.

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  32. No dinner for him, is that good or the other way round,

    there is always no good answer.

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  33. Love the birds bathing and the hawk is handsome.

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  34. Great shots / I am glad he didn't get any of the smaller birds! :)

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  35. Isn't he a handsome fellow!Have a grand week!!

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  36. How nice! A heated bird bath. Love the hawk, no matter what kind. I am waiting (not too patiently) to get some shots of one.

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  37. You know, i know nothing about birds i must confess Judith. I love your photo,s and the beautiful creatures. Have a great week.

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  38. If I was a bird I would have taken off too - their mothers obviously did a great job telling the little birds what to look out for!
    What a magnificent beautiful bird - you did a great job getting that shot Judith.

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  39. My goodness, you've certainly got the bird activity going on there!!!

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  40. What fun watching the birds! Great photos and such a wonderful bird bath. They love you.

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  41. Oh those darn hawks! I was having a joyful time looking at your blue jay taking a bath.

    Beautiful capture!

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  42. Great captures of both the jays and the hawks! Those hawks are very impressive birds.

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  43. Wow these are marvelous and yes, for sure Cooper's Hawk, first year out. They have such a tough time their first year and less than 10 % survive. Imagine the size of your Blue Jay and a Sharp Shinned is a tiny larger than that and then Coopers next step up in size. The tips of the tail are also different.

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  44. I love visiting your lavender place!
    Lovely birds. Lovely butterflies in your background.
    (ツ) from Cottage Country Ontario , ON, Canada!

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