[CT Birds] Worm-eating.......Cooper's?

teustis at killingworthlibrary.org teustis at killingworthlibrary.org
Wed May 8 09:49:36 EDT 2013

I actually witnessed "worming" by a pair of red-shouldered hawks a few years ago. They were working over a large field between some neighbors' houses, and I was struck by their odd behavior: they were acting very much like robins, hopping along the grass, occasionally scratching, and finally pulling up worms. I had no idea that birds of prey did that - but I guess if the rodent population is a little low, you take what you can get! (I also once saw a robin tackle a small black snake, so you really can't assume...)
~ Tammy Eustis, Chester

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Subject: [CT Birds] Worm-eating.......Cooper's?

Our local Cooper’s Hawks do not appear to be nesting in our white pine as they did last year, but we see them around the house often. At dinner time, we watch one out our window perched in a large hemlock. Sometimes, it drops to the ground and appears to be picking up something. We joked that it is hunting worms. 2 days ago, as I watched it on our front lawn with binoculars (I had the binocs, not the hawk), I saw it pull an earthworm up through the turf and fly away with it. Has anyone seen this behavior before? There is no mention of earthworms as a food source in Bent, or in the Dover reprint of “American Wildlife and Plants-a Guide to Wildlife Food Habits (Martin, Zim and Nelson). Considering the abundance of songbirds at my feeders, I was really surprised by this. Also, this afternoon, our local Broadwing Hawk reappeared in our back yard after a long tropical vacation. It nested in my neighbors yard last year, and appears to be returning to that exact spot. Rob MirerMoodus_______________________________________________This list is provided by the Connecticut Ornithological Association (COA) for the discussion of birds and birding in Connecticut.For subscription information visit http://lists.ctbirding.org/mailman/listinfo/ctbirds_lists.ctbirding.org

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