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[*] posted on 1-8-2022 at 09:13 PM
Over the years (24) I've planted many trees and other plants on my once barren property in Los Barriles creating habitat for many bird species.
This is a Cooper's Hawk, an accipiter.






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[*] posted on 1-8-2022 at 10:07 PM


Very cool!



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[*] posted on 1-9-2022 at 12:26 AM


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[*] posted on 1-9-2022 at 12:53 AM


I did exactly the same thing
going on 20 years
a piece of sand has turned into a lush garden




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[*] posted on 1-9-2022 at 05:30 AM


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[*] posted on 1-9-2022 at 07:35 AM
Awesome! Coop!


Well done. Creating habitat is rewarding to bird nerds.

Create bird habitat, salt bird habitat with feed and you soon have your own "pet" Cooper's. Just about guaranteed.

I'm currently channeling Foghorn Leghorn, attempting to teach our "pet" Cooper's to hunt Eurasian collared doves and leave the mourning doves alone.
Not having any luck, they hunt indiscriminately.
A western kingbird was the latest victim.

BTW, the cactus wren pic you posted is beautiful. You do not take photos like that with your cell phone. It takes really good gla$$ !

Great to see you posting again BigOly!

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[*] posted on 1-9-2022 at 10:32 AM


Just curious, where abouts are you in LB ?
I have a place in Buenos Aires.
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[*] posted on 1-9-2022 at 10:59 AM


Bravo BigOly.

One time in the 90's when I went back down to my open palapa in the early Spring, I found at least seven species of birds had set up home in the rafters.

The entertainment value was a treasure. I once knew all the species that roosted there, but that time has passed.

Cactus Wrens were one of them. Cardinals was another.

I saw no hawks at the time, which is no surprise considering their raptor status.

I did catch a couple of harmless snakes climbing up the palm poles trying to get to get at the nests.

I gave those snakes another chance on another day, but not when I could help the birds survive. The snakes appeared to have learned a lesson and did not return, at least when I was watching.

Local species deserve our support. Even some displaced rattlers deserve to be shown respect and not offed.

I have always liked the idea that placing a rough textured rope around a camping space can dissuade rattlers from coming any closer. I should've employed that around the palm support poles on that old palapa.
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[*] posted on 1-9-2022 at 11:09 AM


This might be a Sharp-shinned hawk. The smaller relative to Cooper's hawk. They are less common and more seasonal. Very cool what you are doing.
https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Sharp-shinned_Hawk/id
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[*] posted on 1-9-2022 at 12:33 PM


Verified by eBird as Coop. Sharpies have a "bug-eyed" look.

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[*] posted on 1-9-2022 at 11:23 PM


Good call. Tail is the thing I look at which is hard to tell from this angle.
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[*] posted on 1-10-2022 at 01:21 PM


A Cooper's Hawk visited my palapa one day.

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