“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” Anais Nin
First the Lovers, Then the Juveniles
Earlier this year, I blogged about seeing a pair of Cooper’s hawks that appeared to be courting. For the past week, the results of that courtship have been entrancing residents. The hawks built a nest in a tall tree visible from my bedroom balcony and raised two young in it
Those two juveniles have now fledged, and are so much less wary of we humans than their parents that I’ve been seeing them daily for over a week. A few days ago, I actually saw one of the birds dehead a songbird in the air.
The luckless songbird’s body fell near where Pepper and I were walking. The hawk watched as we passed by. I hoped that it retrieve its meal, as it would have been a shame for the songbird’s death not to have served a purpose.
As one who is an avid nature watcher, I’ve learned to accept the circle of life, which puts hawks at the top of the bird food chain. While many small birds can produce up to three large broods of chicks annually, hawks rarely raise more than one or two each year.
House wrens, for example, can go from egg to fledging in less than a month. Cooper’s Hawks’ eggs take over twice that time, and larger birds of prey, like the bald eagle, require more than four months to develop from an egg to a fledgling. And the parent will continue to feed it long after that.
I’m thankful that I still view birds, and all the rest of nature, with the wonder of a child, but also with the awe of learning the details of how everything fits into the environment.
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