I was once told that if they breed in the "wild" they can be counted as a
species i.e. on the breeding bird surveys run by the government.
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From: "Maeve Kim" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Friday, November 07, 2008 6:42 AM
Subject: [VTBIRD] Cooper's hawk, bobwhites
> Hi, everyone.
> I have a good-sized fenced pen attached to my house, covered with chicken
> wire. I put it in so my cats could be outside without eating birds or
> getting hit by cars. When my last cat died a month ago, I hung some
> feeders inside the pen, protecting the seed from marauding nighttime
> raccoons and deer and providing birds a place to eat that was safe from
> the neighbor's feline.
> Yesterday, I stopped by my house in the middle of a work day. I was home
> only a few minutes when there was a racket outdoors: the sound of many
> mourning doves exploding into flight, blue jays screaming, and lots of
> metallic rattling. I ran to a window. About ten feet from my face, and
> completely oblivious to me, was an enormous Cooper's hawk. She (it had to
> be a female; it was huge!) was hopping around on the top of the pen,
> focusing on a dove who was crouched motionless inside. After about two
> minutes, the hawk flew a few feet to a tree branch. The unfortunate dove
> decided it was safe, walked out of the pen, took to the air and went
> about fifteen feet before being hit, knocked to the ground and then
> carried off.
> Also - there are a few bobwhite quail in South Hero that apparently
> escaped from a game farm between one and two years ago and are still
> around. One landowner thinks a pair might have nested this summer. At
> what point do they go from being escapees to natives?
> Maeve Kim
> Jericho Center