juvenile coopers hawk in the grass The Saga
of
Rufous Hawk

Chapter 6

Roxie Eats and Eats... and Eats

March 27, 2015

This morning I watched as Roxie began to eat another meal in the cypress tree.

Rufous

While I was watching, I noticed two porters clearing debris from the canal that is located just beyond the cypress trees. One of the porters saw Roxie and pointed; they walked quietly away from the water to a point where they had a better look at her. Not wishing to waste an opportunity to share information, I walked outside and surprised them by saying "Hello." Almost immediately, as we began talking about the hawks, Rufous flew out of nest tree and over to a location near Roxie. I returned to the house and took a video of Roxie finishing her meal. Although there is no sound recorded from my location inside the house, you can see Roxie "talking" while she eats -- no doubt complaining to Rufous about the intruders!

Before Roxie had finished her meal, Rufous took off, flying out of the tree like a streak of lightning! He veered upward and curved over nest tree on a trajectory that would intercept a heedless bird flying from east to west above and beyond nest tree. The tree prevented me from seeing the action complete, but I doubt Rufous returned to the cypress tree empty-taloned

March 28, 2015

Roxie continues to return to the same location in the cypress tree for her meals. This is a sequence of photos that I call "Thinking about Breakfast." She very carefully checks out her surroundings before proceeding to eat. It is not a good thing to have to relocate in mid-meal and risk losing any choice parts. Notice the seeds spilling out of the decapitated bird, most likely the last meal of a mourning dove.

Roxie's Breakfast Roxie's Breakfast Roxie's Breakfast Roxie's Breakfast Roxie's Breakfast

And finally she makes her decision:

Roxie's Breakfast Roxie's Breakfast

Rufous may be providing some or all of her food at this time. He is almost always close by, vigilant while she eats, as seen in this video:

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