She’s been saving me a lot on bird seed lately, mostly by scaring the other birds off–her successful catch rate is very low. I say “she” because this is a fairly large bird and…..well, here is what the Cornell Lab of Ornithology has to say about that–“Life is tricky for male Cooper’s Hawks. As in most hawks, males are significantly smaller than their mates. The danger is that female Cooper’s Hawks specialize in eating medium-sized birds. Males tend to be submissive to females and to listen out for reassuring call notes the females make when they’re willing to be approached. Males build the nest, then provide nearly all the food to females and young over the next 90 days before the young fledge.” http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Coopers_Hawk/lifehistory
Obviously, a more “primitive” evolutionary arrangement than that favored by hominids :-).
When I was five, he was a giant, much larger than any man I knew
He would take me for rides on his bulldozer—that was big too
Everywhere we went he was calm, confident and keen
With huge dams, big pipes or some massive machine
He was powerfully strong, but gentle, not gruff
Big problems or small, he could handle the stuff
An angry bull through the fence or a neighbor in need
Or even getting back at my mom with a watermelon seed
He had a great intellect that he didn’t wear on his sleeve
If his ego was large, it was impossible to perceive
The impact of his life on his family and friends
Is of a size I am unable to convey in the end
……..Me, I’m riding in an old pickup truck—a 1940s International Harvester rig
I’m riding with my uncle Blaine who was bigger than big.
Wynter Blaine Sturtevant 1922-2013
On the recommendation of friends and family, Katie and I checked into the Ester Lee Motel in Lincoln City. After the drive down from Portland I was ready for a nap. I woke up just in time to catch the last moments of the sunset from the window of our room.
I should have anticipated that the sunrise might be worth getting up for, but I didn’t and It was. It was not only a colorful sunrise, but a lovely setting moon. Once again, I woke up just in time to click off a few shots from the window before the colors faded.
After breakfast, we came back to check out and I caught a parting shot from the same window.
Nice lodgings with a nice view–we also saw some whales spouting, but they were a loooong ways out there.