Mundi, are you going to post any of those pix? The behavior sounds much
more like a Coop than a Sharpie, hanging out in shrubs and standing around
on the ground, neither of which is normal Sharpie behavior but very
Coop-ish. On the other hand, ignoring something as large as a mourning
dove is certainly more Sharpie than Coop. Distinguishing between the two
is a very difficult ID problem, especially because in the East, big female
Sharpies are nearly the size of small male Coops. I've more than once seen
experienced hawkwatchers nearly come to blows over it!
On Sat, 12 Jan 2019 20:38:50 -0500, Mundi Smithers <[log in to unmask]>
> I had just the best hour or so ( this morning) photographing and
> a Sharpie here in my immediate yard. I was sitting here at the kitchen
> table checking email and noticed out of the corner of my eye, a big dark
> blob in a bush just beneath the window. As soon as it caught my eye it
> flew. Flew to a reflector post in front of the garage. I took many pics.
> Next thing I knew it had dropped to the ground and was standing on the
> concrete apron in front of the garage doors. More photos. I walked out
> the porch door and was perhaps twenty feet from the bird…no sense of
> concern from the bird. My husband needed to make a dump run
> opening the garage door so I went back outside and flapped a towel. The
> bird casually relocated to a Sargent Crab a few feet away. Next thing I
> knew the bloody bird was sitting on the front porch railing right
> the kitchen window. It was there for nearly an hour??? Chickadees,
> Tufties were flitting about all the while. I reckon had a Mourning Dove
> showed it’s face the talons would have come out.
> North Pownal
> Mundi Smithers
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