Psalm 104:12 Beside them the birds of the heavens dwell; they sing among the branches

Laura Puglia

Rescue, United States

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Psalm 104:12
Beside them the birds of the heavens dwell; they sing among the branches.

I dedicate this photo to John Ginn.

Mather Regional Park, Mather, CA
Camera

Canon EOS 70D
Lens

Canon EF 28-90mm f/4-5.6 USM
Aperture

f/7.1
Focal length

400 mm
Shutter speed

1/2000 s
ISO

320
Taken

2017:05:17 09:20:55
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LAURA PUGLIA

Feeding Behavior Hunts mostly by flying over open country, pausing frequently to hover and study the ground; on sighting prey, it dives, catching prey in its talons. Eggs Usually 4, sometimes 5, rarely 3-6. May tend to lay larger clutches in years when rodents are abundant. Eggs creamy white, blotched with shades of warm brown. Incubation is by female, 26-32 days. Male usually perches nearby, and brings food to female during incubation. Young: Female broods young while they are small; male brings food, and female feeds it to nestlings. Later, prey is dropped into nest, and young feed on it themselves. Young are able to fly at about 30-35 days, but may return to nest to sleep or to be fed for some time after. Adults may nest a 2nd time in same season, and if so, young from first nesting may be driven from territory. Young Female broods young while they are small; male brings food, and female feeds it to nestlings. Later, prey is dropped into nest, and young feed on it themselves. Young are able to fly at about 30-35 days, but may return to nest to sleep or to be fed for some time after. Adults may nest a 2nd time in same season, and if so, young from first nesting may be driven from territory. Diet Mostly small rodents. Specializes on small rodents that are active by day in open country, particularly voles and house mice. Other items in diet, mostly of minor importance, include pocket gophers, harvest mice, rats, shrews, young rabbits, sometimes birds. Rarely may eat snakes, lizards, frogs, large insects. Nesting In courtship, male flies near female in odd hovering with wings in sharp “V,” calling; male feeds female. Nest site is in top of tree, usually 20-50’ above ground, sometimes higher or lower depending on available sites. Live-oak often chosen as nest site. Nest (built by both sexes) is a good-sized platform of sticks and twigs, lined with grasses, weeds, Spanish moss.

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