Saturday, March 15, 2008
This Cooper's Hawk (Accipiter cooperii) was in the pigeon coop today, trying to get an easy meal. As I grabbed her, I realized that she was already wearing a band. Turns out she tried the same ploy fully four years ago. I originally caught and banded her on 1 March 2004! At that time, she wore the different plumage of an immature hawk, and her eyes were yellow rather than red-orange. I imagine she's seen a bit of the world between then and now.
Also today, though it was spitting snow, I caught my first snake of the year, a Common (Valley) Garter Snake (Thamnophis sirtalis).