[Tweeters] Edmonds Marsh Juvenile Cooper's Hawk

Carol Riddell cariddellwa at gmail.com
Sun Aug 29 17:04:05 PDT 2021

Those of you who bird Edmonds marsh have probably enjoyed many sightings over the last month or so of a juvenile Cooper’s Hawk. It’s carcass was spotted on August 24 on SR 104 (Edmonds Way) where it bisects the marsh. I had seen it perched several times in a snag on the west side of SR 104. It probably went back and forth between the east side marsh fragment and the main west side marsh. People going to and from the ferry dock frequently speed well beyond the posted 35 MPH limit. It creates a dangerous situation for birds and other wildlife since the highway fragments the marsh.

On July 4, 2013, a Barn Owl was struck and killed where the westbound lane of SR 104 goes through the Fifth Avenue underpass. Intentional or inadvertent? Who knows. But we have an out-of-control speeding situation and now two dead birds of prey that we know of. They are two too many.

So if you have been wondering why you are not seeing the Cooper’s, now you know.

Carol Riddell
Edmonds, WA

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