Interesting Bird Behavior

At least one of our young local Cooper’s Hawks has been doing something very strange.  We saw it flapping around and landing very clumsily while carrying a large round object, and couldn’t figure out what it could be until I looked at the photos back home.  In fact, the hawk was carrying an oak gall and appeared to be trying to get at the insect inside.  For all the work it was doing, it couldn’t possibly result in a satisfying meal.

Some Snowy Egrets at Coal Oil Point were also getting their food in an interesting way.  A group of at least four ventured out to the kelp beds and stood on top of the kelp while attempting to both get a meal and not sink.  They would hunt and catch small fish while slowly sinking, and then fly up to a “better” spot and repeat the whole procedure.  Even a Great Egret got in on the act.  It appeared to be better at finding a suitable floating perch but we didn’t see it catch anything.  Maybe it just wanted to cool its feet…

“Cooper’s Gall I”  –  Lake Los Carneros, Goleta, CA

“Cooper’s Gall II”  –  Lake Los Carneros, Goleta, CA

“Cooper’s Gall III”  Lake Los Carneros, Goleta, CA

“Snowy Egrets I”  –  Coal Oil Point, Goleta, CA

“Snowy Egrets II”  –  Coal Oil Point, Goleta, CA

“Great Egret”  –  Coal Oil Point, Goleta, CA

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