quiet regular – Well, judging by the coloration, this bird was an immature. But possibly it’s the offspring of the hawk(s) you’ve been watching? Probably anyone in the State College Bird Club could tell us exactly where they nest.
Jennifer – Thanks. I’m saving the best photo (or at least my personal favorite) for Visual Soma, where it’s scheduled to appear on Feb. 7.
Lorianne – I’m sure you’re right. Of course, there are plenty of species that are restricted to interior forest habitats — and we shouldn’t forget that some habitat fragments act as sinks, attracting mating pairs of, say, wood thrushes year after year, but rarely allowing them to raise any young due to their nests’ increased vulnerability to edge-loving predators (coyotes, crows, cowbirds, housecats, racoons, red foxes — oh, and red-tailed hawks). Broken-up habitat often teems with wildlife, but it’s always the same few dozen species.