Saturday, March 15, 2008

Coop Recap

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).


Anonymous said...

I assume the title is short for "Recapture of Cooper's Hawk." How about "Pigeon Coop"?

Rick Gerhardt said...


You have a mastery of the double entendre.

I could also have titled it "Coop Coop," "Cooped-Up Coop" or even "Coop Copped in Coop."

Astute of you, though, to recognize that "Recap" was short for "recapture" (and not "recapitulate").

Thanks for reading.