Posted by: atowhee | November 27, 2016

NON-VIOLENT ATTACK

This morning I heard, then saw a circling Crow cawing loudly.  It was calling in four-four time, and every few measures it would stop for a vocal rest.  The whole time it was circling in flight.  No other Crow answered the caw.

The target was a circling Cooper’s Hawk. A dozen times the Crow dived down at the hawk, never once coming within two feet of the raptor’s unprotected back. Unhurt the Coop finally spiraled off to the northeast left the territory the Crow had designated as its very own.  A basketball cliche applies: “no harm, no foul”…no harm, two fowl.

McMinnville, Yamhill, Oregon, US
Nov 27, 2016 10:45 AM
Protocol: Incidental
13 species

Cooper’s Hawk (Accipiter cooperii)  1
Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto)  X
Acorn Woodpecker (Melanerpes formicivorus)  X
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)  1
California Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)  7
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  1
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)  2
Bushtit (Psaltriparus minimus)  X
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  20–all around one very fruity hawthorn
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  X
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)  15
Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus)  1
Lesser Goldfinch (Spinus psaltria)  10

820 NW 19th Street, McMinnville, Yamhill, Oregon, US
Nov 27, 2016 7:30 AM.  10 species

Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto)  X
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)  1
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)  1
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)  2
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  X
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)  20
Golden-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia atricapilla)  1
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  1
Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus)  1
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)  X

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