21 Jan

Cooper’s Hawks and Hummingbirds Coexisting

We watched a Nature show on PBS this past week that featured all different kinds of Hummingbirds.

I love these little birds and this show had so many interesting facts and the photos and footage are just something.

One thing I found most fascinating is that the tiny little Black Chinned Hummingbird builds it’s nest in the same tree as the Cooper’s Hawk, a bird of prey.

In fact, there is not just one hummingbird nest in the tree, but dozens of them clustered around the hawk’s nest.

And they all live in peace and harmony as they hatch and raise their young.

And the reason for this: the hawks prey on all the little animals and critters that prey on the hummingbirds.

These little hummingbirds know they are safe around the hawks.

They are way too small for the hawk to bother with, so they leave them alone.

Nature is so amazing!

4 Responses to “Cooper’s Hawks and Hummingbirds Coexisting”

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    Carol Wilkerson Says:

    We live in western WA state and up until a few years ago we never realized that our hummingbirds stay with us even through the winter! They are out at the feeder bright and early in the morning, and are probably some of the last birds to go roost at night. We’ve been watching them as they scope out the other birds at our seed feeders too. They seem to want to be with them, but they could just be territorial and want to ‘intimidate’ the juncos and jays. 😉

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    ish Says:

    I love to read your blog its very interesting, keep it up! and more power!
    Health Assistant

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    Mary Says:

    There’s a little hummingbird that seems to live in my backyard and flies around all the time. It’s so pretty!

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    Lori Says:

    I am curious, I have a problem with other birds wanting to nest on our back porch (which is where I hang my hummingbird feeder) I want to one of those life like hawks on my side rail to hopefully keep them from nesting underneath.
    Will this scare away my hummers??

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