Today, one of the fledged Cooper's Hawks chased an American Robin into "Toad Hall" at our home. Hal and I were sitting over coffee about 9:00 a.m. and commented on how quiet it had become. Near its nest 15 feet from our house, the agitated robin had become silent. The begging juvenile Cooper's Hawks from the 11-acre lot next door were silent, too. We speculated that the robin had become breakfast for the hawks (we think there are two juveniles).

About 9:30, Hal went into Toad Hall and promptly returned to Badger House to tell me we had a Cooper's Hawk in the house. He looked for his gloves while I looked for the camera (which, because I was so rattled, I could not find even though it was sitting right on the table in front of me, so I ended up using my phone). Then Hal quickly returned to say, "There's a robin in there, too!"

Well, I got one photo on my phone, then Hal released the hawk to fly away unharmed. The robin in the meantime had escaped, too.

In the photo, I'm not sure who looks more nervous - the hawk or Hal !!! Here's the link to the photo:


Charlotte Bill
Enosburgh, Vermont

--- On Tue, 8/10/10, Charlotte Bill <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

From: Charlotte Bill <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Coopers Hawks Fledged in Enosburgh
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Date: Tuesday, August 10, 2010, 7:32 PM

Coopers Hawks fledged on the 11-acre wooded lot next to our place.

Based on vocalizations and brief sightings, we'd been aware of a probable nest 
but did not dog these birds. I tried searching for the nest once, but promptly 
had an agitated response from a probable parent and decided not to bother them 
any further.

However, today, as I sat reading on my front porch, I heard at least two 
(perhaps three) begging youngsters, and after waiting a while and directing the 
binos, I saw two fledglings as they took short flights and long rests in the 
trees close to our driveway.

After the leaves have fallen in October, we will look for the nest, maybe about 
40 feet above ground in one of the maples, or perhaps in one of the white pines.

Charlotte Bill
near Enosburgh Town Forest
Enosburgh, VT