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Tue Mar 16, 2021, 08:33 PM

I'm feeling disturbed. I just had a National Geograpic moment in my back yard.

I glanced out my window and saw, just a few feet away, a hawk, likely a sharp-shinned hawk, sitting on my fire pit. Wow! Cool! I thought, until I realized it had a beautiful redwing blackbird in its grip!
I know itís nature. It has to eat.
But these are my redwing blackbirds that I feed everyday.
The poor thing was still alive, and looking around. It really got to me.

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Reply I'm feeling disturbed. I just had a National Geograpic moment in my back yard. (Original post)
MoonchildCA Mar 2021 OP
elleng Mar 2021 #1
Karadeniz Mar 2021 #2
MoonchildCA Mar 2021 #4
Karadeniz Mar 2021 #5
OAITW r.2.0 Mar 2021 #3
LakeArenal Mar 2021 #6
MuseRider Mar 2021 #7
magicarpet Mar 2021 #8
PoindexterOglethorpe Mar 2021 #9
brush Mar 2021 #10
MoonchildCA Mar 2021 #12
dweller Mar 2021 #11
MoonchildCA Mar 2021 #14
markie Mar 2021 #13
Grasswire2 Mar 2021 #15
SheltieLover Mar 2021 #16
Baitball Blogger Mar 2021 #17
MoonchildCA Mar 2021 #18
Baitball Blogger Mar 2021 #19

Response to MoonchildCA (Original post)

Tue Mar 16, 2021, 08:36 PM

1. ;-(

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Response to MoonchildCA (Original post)

Tue Mar 16, 2021, 08:40 PM

2. I'm sorry... this is why I almost never watch nature shows. Nature is violent.

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Response to Karadeniz (Reply #2)

Tue Mar 16, 2021, 08:45 PM

4. It really is.

Itís always exciting to get a glimpse of a raptor close up. They are fascinating birds.
But really, I do not want to see them do what they gotta do. I donít even like to think about it.

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Response to MoonchildCA (Reply #4)

Tue Mar 16, 2021, 08:47 PM

5. Maybe we can train them to like vegetables...

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Response to MoonchildCA (Original post)

Tue Mar 16, 2021, 08:41 PM

3. I feed my friends here in Central Maine.

Morning doves love my place. Except when a falcon does a drive by hit. I've seen a a falcon hit a dove in flight and it's was amazing. Falcons gotta eat!

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Response to MoonchildCA (Original post)

Tue Mar 16, 2021, 08:48 PM

6. It's a sight that does live in your head for a long time.

Thanks for feeding the birds. 🦜🦉🦅

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Response to MoonchildCA (Original post)

Tue Mar 16, 2021, 08:54 PM

7. I will hurt with you.

Not naive but it always hurts to see that. It is hard to escape in real life but it disturbs me so much that I do not watch nature shows any more. I am sorry you had to see that.

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Response to MoonchildCA (Original post)

Tue Mar 16, 2021, 08:59 PM

8. Was driving out by Auburn Lake,...


This muskrat thing ran out in the road in front of me and I braked to let the animal go by.

About four feet in front of me an American Bald Eagle comes out of nowhere swoops in with its butt skidding across the blacktop, grabs the muskrat with its talons, and flys off into the great blue beyond with the animal in tow.

It was like a drive through take out window quick lunch stop,... and the eagle was off to attend to afternoon business to run other errands.

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Response to MoonchildCA (Original post)

Tue Mar 16, 2021, 09:09 PM

9. At the end of summer I was looking out in my backyard.

A white cat I'd seen in the yard before came in, approached the wall with the trumpet vines, and nailed a hummingbird. I was quite impressed.

My cat, who came to me from the shelter and who had been a stray, was totally pissed she was not the one who got the hummingbird.

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Response to MoonchildCA (Original post)

Tue Mar 16, 2021, 09:41 PM

10. I had something similar happen in my backyard. After the hawk was done...

all that was left was a few feathers and a piece of gristle.

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Response to brush (Reply #10)

Tue Mar 16, 2021, 09:50 PM

12. There are drips of bright red blood on my fire pit cover.

Ugh!

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Response to MoonchildCA (Original post)

Tue Mar 16, 2021, 09:43 PM

11. I was on the phone one day

looking out the window, and watched a hawk land on a low limb in the near woods
Finished the call and thought Ďthis is what I have a vidcam for... so snuck out the front and around and started filming it from around the deck as a blind ... it called out once, was answered and moments later a second hawk flew in,
mounted the first hawk, did the feathery deed, and flew away.... I was wide eyed and jaw slacked at having it on film ...
Nature at her finest

✌🏻

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Response to dweller (Reply #11)

Tue Mar 16, 2021, 09:57 PM

14. I actually did snap a couple of morbid photos.

Then I snuck outside, spooked it, and caught it on video flying up to the telephone wire.
I was hoping it would drop the poor creature when I startled it, but nope.
After I saw all the drops of blood it left behind, it was probably just as well. He wouldnít have survived.

It would not have been as bad if he had not still been alive. I just hope he didnít suffer too long.

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Response to MoonchildCA (Original post)

Tue Mar 16, 2021, 09:53 PM

13. harsh realities

I love my place, being able to have bees and chickens and a large garden... but I also struggle with foxes, bears, raccoons, ermine (mink) and lots of insects that eat my plants...

I have a love/hate relationship with all of them

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Response to MoonchildCA (Original post)

Tue Mar 16, 2021, 10:47 PM

15. I have had a Cooper's hawk here recently.

Just a-sitting in the lilac bush (where the other birdies gather)

I decided the other day to discourage the hawk by making myself present when I see it.

Can't they eat mice? And not birdies?

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Response to MoonchildCA (Original post)

Wed Mar 17, 2021, 07:46 AM

16. So sorry to hear

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Response to MoonchildCA (Original post)

Wed Mar 17, 2021, 10:09 AM

17. I hate that part.

There was a time when birds and rabbits flocked to my house because I kept the feeders full. And then one day, I walked out to fill the feeder and saw a red shoulder hawk above, watching me from a tree.

My brain made the connection and i said under my breath, "I feed them. You eat them."

I don't provide regular feedings any more. Just grow the kind of plants that will attract the good wildlife.

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Response to Baitball Blogger (Reply #17)

Wed Mar 17, 2021, 12:19 PM

18. My feeders are well protected under a canopy of large oak and pine trees.

This one was likely nabbed off the phone lines next door where they often hang out in the afternoon.

Iím of the mind that feeding them helps with their overall survival. We have infringed on so much of their natural habitat. I also provide water. We are in a severe drought, our seasonal river below my house is bone dry this year.

Iím sure if I had a hawk that regularly hunted at my feeder, I would rethink the situation though.

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Response to MoonchildCA (Reply #18)

Wed Mar 17, 2021, 12:23 PM

19. I do have a hawk that uses my property and the area behind my property as a hunting ground.

But he comes and goes. Lots of beautiful bird song when he's not around. And deathly silence or warning cries from the squirrels and birds if he is. I think there is a name for it when rabbits, squirrels and birds co-habitate and rely on each other's defense traits to take a moment to relax and forage in the open.

One thing I've noticed is that, as the hawk population increased, they targeted the baby Jays. It's like they hone in on the competition.

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