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3 minutes ago, Clip said:

What timing with the camera. Folks probably already know this but birds "unload" often before taking off. It is a part of the birds body flight or fight response.

That's very interesting. I didn't  know that and probably wouldn't have had I not posted this photo. So I Iooked at the timestamp on the photos and it was about a minute from when it started raising its tail to the very last shot of the 'unload' series 😀 and a few seconds later it maneuvered it's body to face the opposite  direction, then swooped off of the pole and missed a chickadee that had come out of hiding. All the other birds, as well as  the squirrels and chipmunks stayed hidden in the garden for quite a while after the hawk left.

Thanks  for the cool information!

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No photo, but this evening I watched a wing of Canada Geese land in a field full of geese, and 10 seconds later from the same direction a Cooper's Hawk buzzed them only a few feet above, setting off a chorus of furious honking. That was funny enough, but the LOL moment is picturing a Coop actually catching a full-size ornery goose and trying to figure out what to do with it, while getting battered about. I'd imagine success would be something along these lines:

 

d13ef63abf8a208a65215532128517fb--gary-larson-the-far-side.jpg

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6 hours ago, PaulK said:

No photo, but this evening I watched a wing of Canada Geese land in a field full of geese, and 10 seconds later from the same direction a Cooper's Hawk buzzed them only a few feet above, setting off a chorus of furious honking. That was funny enough, but the LOL moment is picturing a Coop actually catching a full-size ornery goose and trying to figure out what to do with it, while getting battered about. I'd imagine success would be something along these lines:

 

d13ef63abf8a208a65215532128517fb--gary-larson-the-far-side.jpg

I LOVE the Far Side!!!

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On 9/19/2021 at 7:53 PM, Kevin said:

Oh my goodness! My mom just accidentally stumbled on this, and tears rolling down our cheeks before he was done.

Just to say, we have no clue who this guy is, but this video is really funny.

 

Indeed! Unless they were birders. Then they will have stories.

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