At Wildcare Eastern Sierra, baby season lasts longer than at most wildlife rehabilitation facilities. We help animals from as far north as Walker and Coleville, east to Tonopah and Death Valley, south to Ridgecrest, and west into Yosemite. Elevation ranges from sea level to 10,000 feet and baby season can last close to five or six months.
Just in the past week, we admitted baby ducklings, chipmunks, bats, lesser goldfinches, robins, and a young Cooper’s Hawk. Reported to us as a “baby Bald Eagle,” the young raptor was found by a young boy at a Twin Lakes campground and transported by volunteers Gary and Trina.
Cooper’s Hawk (accipiter): Many Cooper’s Hawks take advantage of the human activity of bird feeding and frequent yards where bird feeders bring in medium-sized birds (starlings, doves, quail, and jays) that are common targets for this bird-hunting raptor. They also hunt and eat chipmunks, hares, mice, squirrels, and bats.
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Away from people, these aerial foragers prefer forest and woodlands for both hunting and nesting. Tree nests are high in dense woods of Pines, Oaks, and Douglas Fir. These accipiters have long sharp wings and a narrow, maneuverable tail. In pursuit of prey their flight becomes powerful, quick, and very agile, allowing the bird to thread its way through tree branches at top speed.
After hatching, the young are tended by both parents. The young are covered with down, incapable of departing from the nest and require a significant parental investment to survive. The male continues to do most of the hunting; both provide food until about eight weeks of age when the young become independent.
At this stage the youth must learn to fly, and that’s where our Cooper’s Hawk currently is in its development.
The pictures below show our Cooper’s Hawk on the left, and what a fully developed juvenile ready for release looks like on the right.
Learn more about Wildcare Eastern Sierra and meet our wildlife ambassadors Razzle (Raven), Spirit (Red-Tailed Hawk), and Bumpy (Ground Squirrel) at Mammoth Lakes Library this Saturday, August 10th, 10.30 – 11.30 a.m. Learn more.
Save the Date for our 14th annual Wild Spirits, a celebration of Eastern Sierra wildlife – Saturday, November 2nd, 6.00 – 8.00 p.m., Bishop Tri-County Fairgrounds. More details to come.
Monetary donations are just one way you can help. You can also volunteer, shop through AmazonSmile, shop our store, donate a vehicle, and recycle at Manor Market in Bishop, CA.
Wildcare Eastern Sierra
Living with Wildlife is a program of Wildcare Eastern Sierra dedicated to helping the people of the Eastern Sierra live in harmony with our wild neighbors.
Wildcare Eastern Sierra is dedicated to helping native wildlife through rehabilitation of injured, ill, and orphaned birds, mammals, and reptiles, and by furthering public knowledge and appreciation of wildlife through education.
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