Sunday, February 12, 2012

Cooper's Hawk at The Claiborne House

National Wildlife Federation recognizes The Claiborne House B&B in Rocky Mount, Virginia as a Certified Wildlife Habitat. 
The property attracts a variety of birds, butterflies and other local animals by providing a wildlife-friendly landscape.
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One of the requirements for wildlife that many do not think about in the winter months is water. We have the three ponds here at The Claiborne House Bed and Breakfast that attract an abundance of wildlife (mostly in the overnight hours), which is why we leave the lights on around the ponds, if you peak out your windows - Sierra Suite, Rocky Room or Shenandoah Room you may spot animals out at the pond!

Their food sources have been drastically reduced (especially with many birds migrating south for the Winter) and so the Cooper's Hawk needs to work a bit harder to find food. One of the favorite foods of the Cooper's Hawk is Dove. I am sorry to see any of our dove missing, but the food chain/cycle must go on.

Our entire family was able to see the Cooper's Hawk sitting out near the pond. Even Junie B Jones, our family dog was in the kitchen bouncing up and down trying to get a look at what we were all excited to see outside. We grabbed the camera and just as I quickly fumbled to take the lens cap off it took flight! It was just as spectacular as it flew past the kitchen and around to the other side of the house. I know a pair of dove enjoy our Magnolia Tree, so that may have been its target, or the cotton tail rabbits/chipmunks and squirrels who live right there.

The steely blue-grey coloring was what helped us identify this hawk versus other hawks that also live in the area.

You can learn more about the Cooper's Hawk here on Cornell's All About Birds website.

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The Claiborne House Bed and Breakfast is 15 miles to three exits off The Blue Ridge Parkway.  We are located at the half-way point of this beloved road in Virginia, exit at MP 121.  We were awarded a Certificate of Excellence from Trip Advisor - click here to see our certificate.