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One less squirrel

Discussion in 'Pets and Wildlife' started by Ray, Nov 19, 2010.

  1. Ray

    Ray Orchid Iconoclast Supporting Member

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    In addition to orchids, I have developed an interest in bird watching, so have set up the "Cadillac of Bird Feeding Stations" in my yard. (In my usual fashion, I have also begun purchasing feed, feeders, etc in wholesale quantities, and added them to my store - hint, hint.)

    Having those easy-to-care-for "pets" around, with their spilled grain attracts lots of squirrels, deer, etc., and that, in turn, attracts predators.

    Yesterday I pulled into the garage, and before I closed the door spied this in my front yard:

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  2. Armando

    Armando Hobbyist gone wild

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    That's the ultimate bird feeder!
     
  3. Brant

    Brant dazed

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    Red tails and other larger hawks get the big ground squirrels we have over this a way.
    COOL pic, what kind of Hawk is that ?
     
  4. mrbreeze

    mrbreeze Anglican Supporting Member

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    That is totally awesome. I hate squirrels. :clap:
     
  5. Jon

    Jon Mmmm... bulbophyllum...

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    If I could give that hawk $5, I would.
     
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    gnathaniel Lurker Supporting Member

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    Wow, awesome thing to see! I watched a sharp-shinned hawk pluck all the feathers off a dove prior to consuming it outside my office window last fall. For how much the feathers were flying around, the hawk left a very neat (though bloody) pile when it was finished.

    --Nat
     
  7. Ray

    Ray Orchid Iconoclast Supporting Member

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    Brant, I believe it is an immature female Red tail.

    I was amazed that it didn't move when I opened the garage door and drove it. it took off when I tried to get a better vantage point, You should have seen that squirrel-tail flapping in the breeze.
     
  8. Karen

    Karen Species nut

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    Hooray for raptors!
    Very cool, Ray!
     
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    That's an impressive bird. Raptors rock.
     
  10. Brant

    Brant dazed

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    if she is a R.T. that would explain her squirrel huntin skillz, tree or ground.
     
  11. Ray

    Ray Orchid Iconoclast Supporting Member

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    Here's a photo a friend sent me today. I call it "and Another One"
    and Another One.jpg
     
  12. Karen

    Karen Species nut

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    Excellent!
    We have red tailed hawks that hunt the local squirrels!
    Great picture.
     
  13. DeafOrchidLover

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    Good job, red hawk!!!! I hate squirrels, they're pest. I have squirrel proof bird feeder, and it just figured out to get food... Grrrr! Maybe I can put Vaseline on top, so they'd slide off, heehee!
     
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