Thursday, August 20, 2020

A Week at Home: Meet the Coopers!

You may remember when I wrote about the Cooper Hawk who built a nest in one of Rick's trees. The babies are hatched -- and they are big!


We think there are four but maybe only two. We've only seen two at a time.


They're getting larger now, and starting to roam farther afield. 


When they were younger, there was the constant high-pitched squealing of their call, all day! It sounded cute when we listened on the porch. (But Rick says when you're trying to work in your office all day and concentrate, it's not quite as much fun!)


They'll often sit on the edge of the fire pit or on an old BBQ in the back of the yard, no longer functional but a fine spot to check things out.


They also have a few favorite trees they seem to choose and they seem to enjoy hanging out together.


I'll miss them when they've gone!


Gotta fly!

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55 comments:

eileeninmd said...

Hello,

I enjoyed meeting your Coopers, they are beautiful birds. It is cool seeing two of these raptors sitting together. Great series of photos.
Take care, enjoy your day!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

They are so beautiful! What a joy to get to see them when they are young...they don't stay young long! heehee! Enjoy your day! Hugs!

Nancy's Notes said...

What amazing photographs! I'd be so happy to have them nearby! Great shots!

Linda Sue said...

SO LUCKY!!! WOW they are gorgeous, and they knew exactly where to hang out! Wonderful shots of them, lovely creatures. Their beaks are dainty little life takers!

Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

Wow! Great shots!!

Valerie-Jael said...

They are gorgeous, looks like they're wearing feathery nightdresses! Hugs, Valerie

Pam said...

They are gorgeous creatures but I gotta warn you I've seen them take a few of our beautiful cardinals from around our feeders. Go look for mice! Nice photos.

Mae Travels said...

Your photos really got the hawkeye looks!

be well... mae at maefood.blogspot.com

Susan Kane said...

Stunning birds. Beautiful.

Rustic Pumpkin said...

oh, they are big, and very beautiful too. Great photos!

Deb in Wales

Pamela said...

How cool to be able to see and watch them! Great photos!

Jean said...

How amazing to have these in your garden. Great photos too.

21 Wits said...

And they will follow along in their traditions of life! Beautiful captures of them, thank you.

William Kendall said...

Impressive birds!

Susie said...

Jeanie, I think they are truly beautiful. I just wish they only ate rodents. :):) Not our sweet song birds. Blessings, hope all is well. xoxo, Susie

The Joy of Home with Martha Ellen said...

So exciting to be a part of their beginnings, Jeanie! Great photos as well.

My name is Erika. said...

They are handsome babies. I would image they would grow fast as they have to make it through the winter. But very cool to see. You got great photos Jeanie. hugs-Erika

coffeeontheporchwithme said...

Those are magnificent hawks! I love seeing birds of prey. I keep hearing a hawk sound, but I can never figure out where exactly it is. I can tell which direction to look, but I can't see any hawk in the trees. You managed to get some great photos - you seem to have a talent when it comes to photographing birds. -Jenn

Joyful said...

Beautiful. They look like they will be ready to fly away for good soon.

Gayla said...

Your photos of the Cooper hawks are so clear! I have never seen better! I laughed about the difference in hearing them as diversion and hearing them all the time like your husband did. So true with most things! Thank you for sharing your treasures !

Bella Rum said...

This is so cool. I can't wait for H to wake up. It's 6:00 am. He will love this post. Your photos are great.

Carol @Comfort Spring Station said...

Jeanie these are such amazing photos! I'm so envious of your feathered neighbors. I've never been close to a hawk but these fellows are so beautiful.

David M. Gascoigne, said...

What a pleasure it must be to have these wonderful hawks join your family! I know that you appreciate the majesty of the moment, Jeanie. Now you have Regal Rick AND the hawks. How lucky can one girl get? We are back at home. It was a brief visit with Caroline and Andrew, but very enjoyable. Today we will be walking again with Heather and Lily, so we are very much looking forward to that. Caroline was admiring my beautiful bookmark so I told her all about my famous artist friend in Michigan!

Pam Richardson said...

Jeanie, these are gorgeous captures of these beautiful birds! I love to observe nature and keep my camera handy. Have a wonderful Friday!

shoreacres said...

Tell Rick he has my sympathy. I have a bluejay family in my trees and at my feeders, and believe me: that constant conversation can be distracting! Some bird babies are more patient than others, but bluejay babies seem to be the most demanding in the world, and they're willing to let everyone know when their next tidbit's been delayed!

The wren and mockingbird babies are grown and flown now -- I know you'll miss these handsome young'uns when they're gone.

Iris Flavia said...

Cute ones.. well, cute BIG ones!

Debbie-Dabble Blog and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

Jeanie!
Absolutely amazing pictures!! They are stunning!!! Thanks so much for all your visits!!
Hugs,
Debbie

Joanne Huffman said...

Great photos! I look forward to seeing them in a watercolor.

R's Rue said...

Beautiful.

Linda said...

Aren't they gorgeous!!! What a treat from nature.

Sandra at Maison De Jardin said...

Great photos, Jeanie. I know the hawks have their place in nature, but it is hard to watch them kill little creatures. They are a beautiful bird though.

Have a great weekend, Jeanie.

Victoria Zigler said...

I love how you always name the animals you watch regularly.

Divers and Sundry said...

You got great photos! Hawks are such majestic birds, and I always enjoy watching them. Welcome, Coopers! :)

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Ah, the Coopers. Simply adorable and such incredible photos, too. Those talons look lethal, though.

Sketchbook Wandering said...

OMG, the things you see!!!! Just wonderful!!!

PS It looks now like those who wish will be able to keep the old format? If that is the case, I probably won't close up Sketchbook Wandering...Thanks for sharing the Coopers!! Rita

Sandra Cox said...

What a wonderous gift to have them nesting at Rick's.

Kirsten Steen said...

Wow! Those are babies? And while they're watching you, they must make great entertainment too. xoxo

Carola Bartz said...

What a great experience to witness this special family! You are so lucky, Jeanie. Several years ago we watched a family of Great Horned Owls raising their two owlets. It was quite dramatic in parts when one of the little ones fell out of the nest and was brought to the Bird Rescue Center. A few weeks later it was brought back and the parents welcomed it back in their midst. seeing these wild birds for an extended period was one of the highlights in that year.

Misadventures of Widowhood said...

It's going to be fun watching them learn to hunt. Rick's neighborhood won't have mice problems this winter.

Karen @ Beatrice Euphemie said...

Oh, wow! Gorgeous birds and great photos! So special to have them nesting so close! x Karen

creativeseconds.com said...

Terrific pictures ~ They're so beautiful! I bet you don't have any rodents to worry about in your yard ~

eileeninmd said...

Hello, Jeanie

I just loved these Hawk photos! I find it amazing to see these two siblings standing next to each other, great poses for you and your camera. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Enjoy your day, have a great weekend. PS, thanks for visiting my blog and for the comment.

Angie said...

These pictures are fantastic!! What a gift that you are able to get such great pictures of them! The Coopers are beautiful birds!

Patti Gardner said...

I'm visiting from Pink Saturday. Your photos are stunning! Such gorgeous and majestic creatures those Coopers are.

Red Rose Alley said...

Hello Coopers! The Hawk is a grand bird, and you got to see two of them, that's amazing! They have such a watchful eye. I like the second photo where you can see much of his white in the sunlight. They are an attractive bird for sure.

~Sheri

Jenny Woolf said...

Oh my what wonderful bird photos! I have never managed to take any decent pictures of birds except a couple of courting pigeons once, and only because they're totally unafraid of people and came to sit right next to me on a fence about 2 feet away!! So I love your photos, so full of life and conveying the character of these fine birds.

Anu said...

Hello.
You are so lucky to have these in your garden. Fantastic. Thank you for sharing.

Rita C at Panoply said...

Wow! The Coopers have grOWN! They are spectacular, and a bit intimidating, even as juveniles!

Lynne said...

Liking your Cooper Hawk Twosome. . . .
Did not like it when one flew into one of our front windows
though, shattering it. We didn’t know what caused the crash
until I searched around and found the Cooper Hawk in the pachysandra.

I tried to post a comment regarding the new blogger and it wouldn’t open.
Tried the new version once, still like the “oldie but goodie!”
I don’t mind change, BUT when something is working, why change it up.
I use my iPad totally. Seldom post on the lap top.
Although I used the LT exclusively when I first started blogging.
I do not monetize. I am 81. I like using the current, older version
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I am open to change but once again, if it is working, why change it up!

Rain said...

Hi Jeanie :) Wow those are some beautiful photos. Those birds are amazing...I was going to say they are big for babies! We watched a nest of robins grow from the egg to the time they flew away and we still miss them! :)

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

It was nice to meet the Coopers and that last photo with the appropriate wording was perfect, Jeanie. The youngsters have fledged into some good looking birds and the only sad thing is that they will be able to hunt dinner just like their parents.

Lowcarb team member said...

A lovely series of photographs, I certainly enjoyed meeting your Coopers :)

All the best Jan

The French Hutch said...

The Cooper family are so impressive. We have the occasional sighting on our fence and they are always bigger than you imagine them to be. I've never seen the young birds up close. How fun to be able to watch them grow and hang out while they are young.

Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

Those are beautiful birds! The ‘babies’ are so big! We had something making a high pitched screaming noise for a week this summer. I thought it was a kid blowing a broken whistle but when I mentioned it to Phil, he said it had to be a bird of some sort. It was a very unpleasant sound so I was happy when it went away!!!

Marilyn Miller said...

Those are pretty impressive hawks to be just hanging around Rick's place. They are beautiful, but glad they are there and not here. I know, I know I should like them. They probably do some good things. But to tell you the truth I have seen similar hawks come in my yard and kill other birds. It is so sad to hear them crying. But for today I will concentrate on how beautiful they are.

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