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  1. 6stringcowboy

    6stringcowboy Tele-Afflicted

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    I work from home a lot and yesterday while sitting at the dining room table, I heard a hawk calling much louder than usual. I got up, peeked out the back door and was greeted by this guy. He watched me for a minute, turned and flew off.

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  2. FenderGuy53

    FenderGuy53 Poster Extraordinaire

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    Wow! How cool is THAT! I love watching raptors.

    We live in a gated community, on a densely wooded mountain in the WNC foothills. We see hawks routinely.

    One of my last sightings was a hawk with a young rabbit in its talons!
     
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  3. LutherBurger

    LutherBurger Friend of Leo's

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    We had one of those in our back yard a couple months ago. It was chowing down on a pigeon.

    It's a Cooper's Hawk, I think. A messy eater, for sure.
     
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    Is your cat or small dog now missing?
     
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    Cool!
     
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    Have a local red tail - I put the mice I kill out on a rock in my yard. He appreciates the free lunch. Next door neighbor does chipper dipper - he loves the yummy chipmunks too. Mr RedTail is my friend we have a massive rodent problem and he loves to eat. I’ll work on getting some pics.

    Great shot OP! Love raptors!!

     
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    Cool pic!

    We have a little red shoulder hawk (I think) that we see around. He/she has taken a goldfish or 2, but never messed with the kois. Also eats lots of birds and whatever else it can catch. I've seen one carry a squirrel off once.

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    There are red kites that circle over the motorway near where I work. I think they ride the air pockets generated by traffic so they are a regular sight. The other day I was driving onto the motorway and one flew in front of me out of the bushes just a few feet in front of the car, wings spread out. I'm generally not interested in birds but it was an awe-inspiring moment.
     
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    My favourite bird! They were re-introduced to a protected site in this county about 15 years ago and are very common now - a rare wildlife success story.
     
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    JustABluesGuy Friend of Leo's

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    I live in an urban area with lots of green space and nearby woods and even a wildlife sanctuary and see lots of hawks. One is (or was) nesting a just stones throw away.

    Along with lots of birds, we also have some rodents. I am planning to live trap as many as possible and relocate them, but if I were to kill them, feeding them to hawks definitely makes more sense than sending their little corpses to a landfill.
     
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    JustABluesGuy Friend of Leo's

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    I’m curious. Did it take long for the hawk to find the free meal?
     
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    We get buzzards ( European Honey Buzzard?) over the hills where I live, although I've never seen one close up. It's a very suburban area so the proximity of these things seems remarkable.
     
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    We're getting those too - often seen flying in pairs over my estate. The Kites are getting so sure of themselves that they're often seen in the skies over the centre of town. Cocky bastards - it's as though they know they're protected!
     
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    I believe that is correct. The first time I sighted one, it had just killed a squirrel in my backyard. The latest kill (for all I know the same hawk) was a mourning dove right at the end of my driveway. Fantastic explosion of feathers when it struck.

    There's a Cooper's Hawk's nest in one of the trees at the edge of my backyard. There's also a rabbit that I see grazing back there daily. Though I wish the rabbit no harm, I feel it's only a matter of time before nature takes its course.
     
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    My bird guide says Cooper's are crow sized. He's a bit larger than that, and the leg feathers, as well as local regulars make me think adolescent Red Tail.
     
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    Ha ha about 5 minutes!

    The other day he didn’t see me coming around the corner of the house and blazed over me at warp speed about 12” over my head.

    He was enroute to neighbor house who was putting out a fresh snack of chipmunks

    I need to pay more attention.

    :)
     
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    Visitor outside my office window last year. He seemed attracted to the bird feeder to the left I guess.
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    Wow that guy gets around he was just on my back porch!

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    And his little buddy stopped by later, too small for dinner..

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    I had a hawk come blasting through trying to catch a dove that was sitting on a pole feeder.

    Near miss!
     
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    I don't know how big crows can get, but the hawk out back was probably about 16" tall from its feet to the top of its head.

    We've had them here a couple of times before, munching both a squirrel and a mourning dove. One time, I watched a peregrine falcon eat a squirrel on top of the fence. Lots of action out there, for a tiny backyard in Manhattan.
     
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