Lately, a Cooper's Hawk has visiting a patio at the Centennial Court, probably looking for a little feathered lunch. When I mentioned this to our friend Jeanelle, she pointed us to a Jack Bettesworth, with the Washington Ornithological Society and he put us on to is a citizens science initiative to study how hawks adapt to city living. WOW - what fun!
If you see a hawk:
- Take a quick photo! A cellphone camera isn't great, but it's something, and it records date & time for you.
- Try to note which leg has the blue band. Right leg blue = boys, left leg blue = girls
- If you have REALLY good eyesight (or preverably, binoculars or a spotting schope) get the number on the leg band, e.g. "3 Q". This consists on a number about a letter. Each is repeated 3 times around the band so improve the change you can see one
- Email it with address, date & time to Jack Bettesworth at firstname.lastname@example.org
Winter site fidelity study
- Cooper's Hawks: Blue VID bands (Note right or left leg and engraved number and letter on VID band)
- Sharp-shinned Hawks: either one or two color (only) bands on the same leg (Note right or left leg and top/bottom color if two bands)
- Other leg has standard aluminum band
- Note date, time and location
- Report to Jack Bettesworth, 206-285-5276, email@example.com