Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Why my yard is littered with pigeon feathers.
This is "2 over W", a five-year-old male Cooper's hawk. (For more about Cooper's hawks in Seattle, see this previous post.) This hawk was banded as a juvenile in Woodland Park Zoo, says bird researcher Jack Bettesworth. Since then, "2 over W" stuck around the north end of Seattle. Bettesworth has had reports of sightings from the zoo, Woodland Park and east of Green Lake. I first noticed him hunting near my house at 4 p.m. yesterday afternoon. By 7 p.m., he was perched in a shrub, dismembering his prey.