Just saw a hawk strike and kill a blackbird!

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    Feb 22, 2011 4:19 PM GMT
    In my front yard!


    We are just getting photos now. He is sitting proud as all hell of himself.

    Once I upload them I will add them to this thread.

  • Chackers

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    Feb 22, 2011 5:12 PM GMT
    I saw a tiny bird being pinned to the floor by something in my yard once, i was thinking to myself "wow that cat is huge!"
    The cat then spread its wings and took off, i was sooo confused for a second lol, sparrow hawks look like cats when they're hunched over i swear! XD
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    Feb 22, 2011 5:19 PM GMT
    photos are now in review; once the are approved I will link them here. Maybe someone can help us identify the species.

    The rest of the blackbirds have finally dispersed. The hawk is now in my neighbour's tree and the carcass of the dead bird is in the road.

    The blackbirds kept up the most unholy racket for about half an hour.

    It was fascinating to see this drama play out.

    Considering i live only 5 minute walk from downtown and the harbourfront, we were reflecting this morning on the family of skunks that would visit almost daily last year (the mother herding her kittens along the fence after sitting up and looking at Danny, sitting on the front step, for a while. We also saw a fox in the yard, digging grubs on night. We see a surprising amount of wildlife.

    PEI also has a lot of wild minks (derived mostly of the escapees of the early commercial mink farms and fox farms. There are a few commercial mink farms here. Apparently they stink to high heaven. musk, urine and feces and ammonia.

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    Feb 22, 2011 5:26 PM GMT
    I remember seeing three baby squirrels in a tree trunk years ago, their mother wasn't around. I placed peanuts along the top of a wooden fence and watched them scurry down to get them. So cute. icon_wink.gif

    Twenty minutes later a hawk came and took every one of them. icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Feb 22, 2011 5:30 PM GMT
    wrestlervic saidI remember seeing three baby squirrels in a tree trunk years ago, their mother wasn't around. I placed peanuts along the top of a wooden fence and watched them scurry down to get them. So cute. icon_wink.gif

    Twenty minutes later a hawk came and took every one of them. icon_rolleyes.gif


    wrestervic - a god to the hawks and bringer of treats; to the squirrels,a temptor who delivers them unto a terrible death. icon_cry.gif



    Then poor mommuh comes home and thinks "dah fuck?? I know I left the kids around here someplace...."

    "Hey Mister, have you seen --" icon_confused.gif





    Meanwhile vic nonchalantly saunters away, whistling, hands in pockets, trying not to break into a run.

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    Feb 22, 2011 5:35 PM GMT
    I've seen a flock of crows attack a hawk out of its meal! Poor hawk!icon_sad.gif
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    Feb 22, 2011 5:35 PM GMT
    Upper_Canadian said
    wrestlervic saidI remember seeing three baby squirrels in a tree trunk years ago, their mother wasn't around. I placed peanuts along the top of a wooden fence and watched them scurry down to get them. So cute. icon_wink.gif

    Twenty minutes later a hawk came and took every one of them. icon_rolleyes.gif


    wrestervic - a god to the hawks and bringer of treats; to the squirrels,a temptor who delivers them unto a terrible death. icon_cry.gif






    Luckily I didn't see it. My landlord/friend at the time saw them being carried away.

    I did save a baby bluejay once that fell out of a tree from a dog. His mother (or father) swooped down and hit me in the head a few times though.

    wrestlervic: Savior of birds from the mouths of dogs.

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    Feb 22, 2011 5:51 PM GMT
    wrestlervic said
    Upper_Canadian said
    wrestlervic saidI remember seeing three baby squirrels in a tree trunk years ago, their mother wasn't around. I placed peanuts along the top of a wooden fence and watched them scurry down to get them. So cute. icon_wink.gif

    Twenty minutes later a hawk came and took every one of them. icon_rolleyes.gif


    wrestervic - a god to the hawks and bringer of treats; to the squirrels,a temptor who delivers them unto a terrible death. icon_cry.gif






    Luckily I didn't see it. My landlord/friend at the time saw them being carried away.

    I did save a baby bluejay once that fell out of a tree from a dog. His mother (or father) swooped down and hit me in the head a few times though.

    wrestlervic: Savior of birds from the mouths of dogs.



    - not a squawk of thanks for rescuing their offspring. Nasty nasty birds.

    Poor little puppy.

    And poor vic can't win for losing.

    Life is so unfair.
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    Feb 22, 2011 5:53 PM GMT
    Upper_Canadian said
    wrestlervic said
    Upper_Canadian said
    wrestlervic saidI remember seeing three baby squirrels in a tree trunk years ago, their mother wasn't around. I placed peanuts along the top of a wooden fence and watched them scurry down to get them. So cute. icon_wink.gif

    Twenty minutes later a hawk came and took every one of them. icon_rolleyes.gif


    wrestervic - a god to the hawks and bringer of treats; to the squirrels,a temptor who delivers them unto a terrible death. icon_cry.gif






    Luckily I didn't see it. My landlord/friend at the time saw them being carried away.

    I did save a baby bluejay once that fell out of a tree from a dog. His mother (or father) swooped down and hit me in the head a few times though.

    wrestlervic: Savior of birds from the mouths of dogs.



    - not a squawk of thanks for rescuing their offspring. Nasty nasty birds.

    Poor little puppy.

    And poor vic can't win for losing.

    Life is so unfair.


    Your signed book is waiting right here baby. You wanna talk about hardship. ;-)
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    Feb 22, 2011 6:06 PM GMT
    wrestlervic said
    Upper_Canadian said
    wrestlervic said
    Upper_Canadian said
    wrestlervic saidI remember seeing three baby squirrels in a tree trunk years ago, their mother wasn't around. I placed peanuts along the top of a wooden fence and watched them scurry down to get them. So cute. icon_wink.gif

    Twenty minutes later a hawk came and took every one of them. icon_rolleyes.gif


    wrestervic - a god to the hawks and bringer of treats; to the squirrels,a temptor who delivers them unto a terrible death. icon_cry.gif






    Luckily I didn't see it. My landlord/friend at the time saw them being carried away.

    I did save a baby bluejay once that fell out of a tree from a dog. His mother (or father) swooped down and hit me in the head a few times though.

    wrestlervic: Savior of birds from the mouths of dogs.



    - not a squawk of thanks for rescuing their offspring. Nasty nasty birds.

    Poor little puppy.

    And poor vic can't win for losing.

    Life is so unfair.


    Your signed book is waiting right here baby. You wanna talk about hardship. ;-)


    Good It's payday this week. I've got Mabel wanting to talk about your stories and I can;t let her yet.

    (It is funny to have her quoting you in emails: "as vic says..."


    I think you've got a fan in her too.icon_wink.gif

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    Feb 22, 2011 6:25 PM GMT
    Lot's of hawks here... one just swooped by the window as I started typing. Sometimes I can actually see the expression on the face of the mice being carried away. (Kind of a resigned "O Shit")

    One Red-Tailed hawk nests, most years, in a tree about 80 meters in front of the house. There are usually one or two chicks. Things get pretty noisy when they're fluttering around, crashing into things, learning to fly. A few weeks later, it gets REALLY noisy, when their mother stops feeding them. (Hint: the trick to being "death from above," is being SILENT death from above.)
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    Feb 22, 2011 7:14 PM GMT

    Personally, I'd rather NOT see the pics...
    At least it wasn't some asshole with a shotgun. People killing ANY animal for sport is just WRONG...
    But, when it comes to the natural order of things....it's out of our control.
    That does NOT mean I have to witness it or see pics of it....icon_sad.gif
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    Feb 22, 2011 7:27 PM GMT
    Upper_Canadian saidJust saw a hawk strike and kill a blackbird! ... He is sitting proud as all hell of himself.

    If you hadn't mentioned the pending photos I'd have taken this as a metaphor.
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    Feb 22, 2011 7:46 PM GMT
    oh cool!!! u better upload those photos, i wanna seeeeeeee
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    Feb 22, 2011 11:14 PM GMT
    no worries, no shots of the kill itself or the prey. Dan saw the strike and I got there in time to see the predator standing over it; the rest of the birds flocked and rallied and the falcon grabbed its kill and flew into a tree. I apparently did a bit of eating there because it appeared moments later and sat in the open (wjhere I took a series of pictures). In several you can see a strip of meat in its beak. I could not risk scaring it off and i had to move fast so I had to shoot the picture through the window.


    The strike itself was so swift and he took his prey so there was barely any sign that a kill had just taken place there.

    Most interesting was the behaviour of the flock - its reaction to the danger and how they virtually "swarmed" to chase off the predator and then moved as a flock to settle a short distance away while the falcon ate its kill in the driveway across street.

    When it was done , it took off, causing the flock of blackbirds to explode into the air screaming. The falcon then flew over to perch in a tree next door. The blackbirds kept up the noise until the falcon eventually flew off somewhere.



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    Feb 22, 2011 11:26 PM GMT
    When I was stationed at Ft. Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas in the 1980s, I used to drive my camper about 40 miles up to a military recreation camp at a place called Canyon Lake. Maybe some of you know it, as the Air Force had a place there, too.

    Well, I'd often take my miniature dachshund with me, barely 10 pounds. And I'd bring him to this vast grassy field there, where he could run all around free, without a leash, just going nuts which he loved to do.

    But the first time I did that, and he got some distance away from me, I suddenly noticed all these large hawks circling above us, nearly the size of eagles. Or more accurately, above him. And starting to come in very close. He was barely as big as a small rabbit, one of their prey animals.

    So I raced over to him, and watched them fly away when I picked him up and carried him back to my campsite. I'm sure they would have made a tasty meal of him. Such is Nature.
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    Feb 23, 2011 12:59 AM GMT
    Lol. That reminds me of one of my brother's ex-bimbos, who had a small rat-like dog named "Baby." The one time she came out into a farm field where I was working, she said, "Oh look! Those big birds are trying to make friends with Baby!" I was awfully tempted to let them have at it, but I shoed them off.
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    Feb 23, 2011 1:13 AM GMT
    One time, down in Florida, there was this awful shrieking outside the window, and I finally got up and looked out. It was a small hawk tearing at the flesh of one of those fruit rats, and the rat was very much still alive. Such is Nature.
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    Feb 23, 2011 2:06 AM GMT
    The pics are available in my profile now. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Feb 23, 2011 2:24 AM GMT
    Upper_Canadian saidIn my front yard!


    We are just getting photos now. He is sitting proud as all hell of himself.

    Once I upload them I will add them to this thread.



    It's actually much more fun to watch a hawk carry a squirrel off. icon_razz.gif
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    Feb 23, 2011 5:22 PM GMT
    There was a hawk with a nest near where I used to work. It would 'drive' other birds to crash into our windows (SMACK!) then pick 'em off when they were stunned!
    It was like a mini Wild Kingdom or something.

    It was weird to see bird 'face prints' on the windows.
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    Feb 23, 2011 5:25 PM GMT
    Upper_Canadian said755053?preview=1


    Didn't work. Try this:

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    Feb 23, 2011 6:27 PM GMT
    thanks paradox!

    He was back this morning and got another kill (feathers all over the place and we could see his tail feathers are red along the fantail.


    Anyone know what kind of birdie this is?


    (I'm pretty sure it isn't a budgie or a duck.)
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    Feb 23, 2011 6:29 PM GMT
    slow day in all things gay forum.icon_question.gificon_question.gif