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Total Opposites

Monday, November 12, 2012

It started off with the Cooper Hawk. DH walked out the front door. A Cooper Hawk was on the ground by the bird feeder. It saw Dennis, flew over him, and landed in the tree next door. It had, what we think was a Dove, in its claw. It just sat there while we took pictures. What a beauty of a bird. I feel bad for the Dove though. Cooper Hawks are rather small. Closer to the size of a Crow. This Hawk is an adult. Young Cooper Hawks will have more of a stripe pattern on their chest, and the prettiest green eyes. To bad they don't stay that color hehe.









Later on in the day DH and I decided to go grocery shopping. We were leaving our housing track, and turning onto the main road. I looked to the right, and there were 8 California Seagulls flying around. The Gulls will hang around until Summer, then they leave for cooler weather. I had DH pull into the parking lot hoping to take some pictures of the Gulls flying around. One kept circling near where we parked our car.



The bird landed on the ground, and was walking around nibbling on food. At first I was puzzled by the coloring of the bird. Then I remembered young Calif. Seagulls take a while to mature, and will not have the same coloring as an adult. I will provide a link so you can see the difference. This Gull had the cutest face.






We watched two beautiful birds, and total opposites personality wise. The Hawk is a predator, the Gull a scavenger. With the exception of the poor Dove, the birds made my day!

www.birdweb.org/birdweb/
bird/california_gull#


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