First, welcome to all the readers who have found me through the amazing Animal Communicator and Healer Summit. So glad to have you along for the journey!
I have been blessed with so many wildlife encounters in the past month that I am having trouble keeping up.
Had a most amazing visitor stop by the Wild Reiki Spa just as I was preparing to teach shamanic class Bones, Stones, Feathers and Fur which is about creating deeper connections with All My Relations.
I looked out the catio into the back yard and saw a Cooper’s Hawk casually perched on the back of the Adirondack chair that I usually sit in. For a moment I thought I was dreaming…
Hawk knew who I was and acknowledged me–besides seeing me around the neighborhood, I have witnessed her kill strikes up close twice.
Indeed, Hawk was comfortable enough with my presence to turn her back to me so she could assess the quality of hunting in the newly trimmed hedge.
I contacted the folks who are tracking the local raptors and verified that she’s a juvenile Cooper’s Hawk, and they kindly shared helpful information with me.
One gentleman said, “I searched your neighborhood this morning for a nest and didn’t find one. I was particularly interested to see that you were just one block from the upper Fairmount Ravine…an ideal nesting spot. It would seem likely that your frequent ‘guest’ is a 1-year-old male. The vast majority of males need another year of skill building to be able to support a family. The opposite is true for 1-year-old females. The one detailed study on the subject showed that all 1-year-old females nest. If your yardbird was a female, she should be letting her male provide her with food…The Fairmount Ravine territory was abandoned last year. So if your bird lives another year, look for him to nest somewhere in your area.”
There was a difference of opinion, another watcher (who happened to be a woman) shared: “…it is a second-year Cooper’s hawk, meaning that it fledged in 2020; as of 1/1/21 it became a “second-year” bird. It will get its adult plumage the next time it molts. By the size I would guess it’s a female (larger than males), but that’s only a guess.”
I’m leaning toward female myself, hopefully time will tell. Such a wonderful experience, I feel so blessed…
My blog has recent posts about an Opossum who toddled through the yard in broad daylight enabling me to follow along In the Footsteps of Opossum, and you might also enjoy Crow Rogue Stops by for Pizza and a Visit.
I feel so blessed and grateful for my wildlife neighbors and for the Reiki energy and shamanic ceremonies that have helped create a place of healing and connection that I call my home office.
Enjoy the beauty of the season,
Rose De Dan, Manitou and Night Sky
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Rose De Dan, Wild Reiki and Shamanic Healing LLC, is an animal communicator, Reiki Master Teacher, shamanic energy healer, and author. Her classes, sessions and ceremonial work are inspired by wild and domestic animals who have issued a call to action for personal and global healing.