Saturday, February 10, 2007

February 10

Did Winsegansett and Town Beach. Very cold, but not much wind.
Saw one Pipit at Winsegansett.

Lots of Eider at Town Beach. Heard hunters playing a tape of crow in distress. Three real crows rushed to its aid, and were met with a volley of gunfire. One crow dropped. Guess they can hunt the uneatable innocuous intelligent birds on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Made me sick....and hunters are always claiming they don't kill for the thrill.

In Matt at the RR Bridge there were tons of Canada Geese--two flocks flew over at right angles and intersected each other flawlessly and without a single bump. Saw Hooded Mergansers, Common Goldeneye and Great Black-backed Gulls. Heard a Kingfisher. At the Matt. River on River Road there was a female Bufflehead with the Mallards

At home the yard was mobbed and just as I settled down to watch, the Cooper's Hawk swooped down and took a male Cardinal into the rhododendron. It was hard to see, but I watched it kill and pluck the bird then hop to a branch to eat it. Took a couple hours before it finally left. Didn't even leave the beak and feet!

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