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Is it all just practice for later in life?

On Sat, Aug 6, 2016 at 7:35 AM, Maeve Kim <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> How interesting! Maybe that’s what I observed this morning. It looked like
> an angry and aggressive encounter to my eyes, but the fact that the crows
> weren’t making their usual mobbing noises might have been because they
> weren’t actually upset.
>
> Maeve
>
> On Aug 6, 2016, at 7:14 AM, Ian A. Worley <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>
> > I have seen on a few occasions a juvenile Cooper's Hawk hanging out with
> several crows.  Unlike your situation, periodically all would rise up from
> the tree they were in together, with a noisy clamor, swirling around
> together, and doing lots of harmless chasing.  Then they'd all return to
> the tree, take a break, and after several minutes do it all over again.
> >
> > Ian
> >
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> >
> >
> > On 8/6/2016 6:59 AM, Maeve Kim wrote:
> >> There’s a resident family of crows that visits every morning to see if
> there’s anything new in the compost bin. I’ve become accustomed to their
> many calls, but this morning things sounded different: not the loud, angry
> yells of mobbing crows but short, sharp calls over and over. I looked out
> the window and saw the five crows and one lighter-colored bird. It was a
> large Cooper's Hawk (presumably a female) in pitched battle with the crows.
> The corvids would fly at the raptor, one, two or three of them at once, and
> every time the hawk wheeled and chased - and then came back to the tree
> where the battle began. This went on for almost twenty minutes before the
> hawk took off with all five crows in pursuit. I can still hear them yelling
> in the distance.
> >>
> >> Maeve Kim
> >> Jericho Center
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