Some Birds I have seen On Our Camden Campus

Pictures taken by Panasonic GS19 and GS85


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Cooper's Hawk at BSB

 
Frames clipped from video Panasonic GS-19  BSB (11/17/2006).  Mouse click on pictures to see videos.

 
Frames clipped from video Panasonic GS-19. Left showing squared tail with notch. Right showing spotting on back  BSB (11/17/2006). 

While leaving work on Friday November 11, 2006 I noticed this bird in the tall trees that separate the two parking lots behind BSB.  It's a Cooper's Hawk, I think.  One text mentions spotting on the back which can be seen here in the fourth image.  In the images below you can see spotting on the back that is exactly the same as in a picture on one of my reference sites -   http://www.mbr-pwrc.usgs.gov/id/framlst/i3330id.html

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Cooper's Hawk at Johnson Park (Walt Whitman Center)


Frames clipped from video Panasonic GS-19. WWC (12/29/2006).


Digital images from video Panasonic GS-19. WWC (12/29/2006).

On December 29, 2006 I stopped in to my office to check on my servers.  As I was going into the building I spotted my Mockingbird and gave it some raisons.  As I was leaving I looked around for the bird but didn't see it.  I was at the south-west corner of BSB and I happened to look down Penn Street toward the Walt Whitman Center on Johnson Park.  A good sized bird flew across the street and went behind the residence hall across from the park.  I walked down the short half block and look south on Second Street but didn't see anything.  Then I looked into the tree at Johnson Park and saw the huge looming form of a Red-tailed Hawk.  This was not the bird I had just seen.  I then noticed a smaller bird in the tree to the left of the Red-tail.  It was higher up.  It was a Cooper's Hawk.  Both birds just sat there and let me get some digital photos and some video.  The Cooper's Hawk moved into other trees but still hung around for a while.  I was able to get shots from different angles as they tolerated me being there.  The Cooper's finally flew off toward BSB but the Red-Tailed was still there when I left.  In the video you can hear some audio of the squirrels in the area being upset by the presence of the two Hawks.  This is probably the same Hawk seen at BSB in November. 

 

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Cooper's Hawks at BSB
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Frames clipped from video Panasonic GS-19  BSB (1/5/2007).  Mouse click on pictures to see videos.

Coming into work on Friday January 5, 2007 I noticed a commotion of squirrels racing around in the tree next to the little food store across the street form the BSB parking lot (where I saw the Downy Woodpecker earlier in the week).  There were three squirrels on the right side of the tree.  I then noticed a fourth one on the left side and it was "yelling" at a Cooper's Hawk sitting right above it.  I pulled out my camera and caught these images.  The Hawk soon flew off but returned a few minutes later with a second one.  The last image shows the two soaring above BSB and the Student Residence Hall.  The first images show the bird standing tall which is look I hadn't been able to capture before.

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Digital images from video Panasonic GS-19  BSB (1/9/2007).  Mouse click on pictures to see Photo Story presentation.

On January 9, 2007 late in the afternoon I took a quick walk over to the Walt Whitman Center in the newly renovated Johnson Park.  In one of the trees at the park I saw this mature Cooper's Hawk.  It has the rust colored front which is quite different from the immature bird further up on the page.  It showed a white front with "tear-drop" shaped black dots.  This bird ignored me and I was able to get both digital pictures and video from multiple angles.  It did fly off at one time to attempt to catch a Finch in some bushes across the street.  I was able to get some "in flight" video from that.  The pictures above are from the digital photos while the frames below are from the video. 

 



Frames clipped from video Panasonic GS-19  BSB (1/9/2007).  Mouse click on pictures to see videos.





Frames clipped from video Panasonic GS-19  BSB (1/9/2007).  Mouse click on pictures to see videos.

 


Frames clipped from video Panasonic GS-19  BSB (1/9/2007).  Mouse click on pictures to see videos.

I overlaid the three images to get this.

 

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Cooper's Hawk at BSB


Digital images from video Panasonic GS-19  BSB (1/30/2007).  Mouse click on pictures to see videos.



Frames clipped from video Panasonic GS-19  BSB (1/30/2007).  Mouse click on pictures to see videos.

While coming into work on Tuesday January 30,2007, I spotted a Cooper's Hawk in a tree near the tennis courts.  I parked my car in the far BSB parking lot and I looked across the field where the Goldfinches show up in mid-August.  In a buttonwood tree on Second St. I saw this bird and was able to get both video and still shots.

 

Later in the day


 
Frames clipped from video Panasonic GS-19  BSB (1/30/2007).  Mouse click on pictures to see videos.

Later in the day I spotted the Hawk in a tree across the street from BSB.  It was visible from my office.  It was toward evening and the light was getting bad but I was able to get some video.  This is the best shots yet of the "dark cap" on the head.  

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Late Friday afternoon February 2, 2007 this bird was seen at the tennis courts in the same buttonwood tree.  It flew from there into the large buttonwood tree across from BSB.

 

Coming into work on Thursday February 8, 2007 at about 8 AM, I saw this Hawk fly from the area of the tennis courts to the gym.  As I continued to walk through the far parking lot, I saw it come back to other way.  It flew leisurely back toward the tennis courts and landed on a telephone pole.  At this time I got my camera out and tried to get some shots.  But I had a bad angle and the distance was too far.  Also, it only stayed there for a few seconds and then flew off toward the Ben Franklin Bridge.

On Monday morning March 26, 2007 as I was coming into the office about 7:30 I saw this bird in the trees that separate the two BSB parking lots.

 


Digital images from Panasonic GS-85  BSB (10/22/2007).  Mouse click on pictures to see video.

Late Monday afternoon on October 22, 2007 I found this bird at the top of the berm on the west side of BSB.  It was eating a pigeon.  It is a juvenile Cooper's Hawk.  It didn't seem to mind me taking pictures.  There had been Towhees in this area earlier in the day.

Coming into work on Tuesday January 7, 2008 I parked at the end of the parking lot and threw some stale bread to the Starlings and Sparrows.  Suddenly they all took off.  I looked around for a Hawk but didn't see one and the birds did not come back.  As I was walking toward BSB I looked at the buttonwood tree over by the tennis courts.  High in the tree I saw the shape of a Cooper's Hawk.  I got some poor pictures at that distance.  I walked over to the tree but the Hawk took off and flew into some secure spot under the bridge.

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