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Raptor eating a chipmunk in my backyard

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by mcgannahan, Aug 2, 2010.

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    The domestic (Kitty - that's a scientific term, btw...) Cats that I've had that were disposed eating squirrels would leave a skeleton with the fur rolled up around the base of the head like a turtle-neck... :lol:
     
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    Too big for a sharp shinned, I'm going with Cooper's.
     
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    About 10 years ago, on Christmas day, had a merlin falcon ( slightly smaller than peregrine) kill and eat a mourning dove about 6 feet from my front door, and i had no film for my camera!
    Nice pic you have there
     
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    Definitely a mature accipiter (not a falcon); sharp-shinned or Cooper's. From the broad white bands at the tip of the tail, I'd say Cooper's.
     
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    I would guess Northern Harrier, and especially if you see them eating small mammals and are near open spaces. I could be wrong but thought that Coopers Hawk hunt in the woods.

    We have had them using our yard as a central spot for teaching their young to hunt for the past few years. Our garden did not do as well the years there were less or when they did not come around until later.

    It is very entertaining to watch the young ones first try for toads, moles, mice... There's a lot of flopping around and sometime the parent finishes the job.

    A friend's wife who is a bit over-educated and under-employed wondered if we're teaching our kids violence with all the killing they've seen. I responded that her highly successful husband who supplies the means for their 3 homes and world travel is a bit of a hawk or shark himself.
     
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    Chipmunks have decimated my patio by borrowing underneath the stones, their cuteness has long worn off. I used a fairly effective 'drowing pool (bucket)' last season; the survivors are much wiser and wouldn't take bait.

    I hate me some chipmunks.
     
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    After researching this it looks like it was probably a Cooper's Hawk. Sometimes called a Chicken Hawk.

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    I agree, probably a Cooper's. They like to visit bird feeders, too. I have also seen them stomping around on the ground like tiny T rex, chasing chipmunks.

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    Coopers Hawk

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    I posted this when I shot it last year in my back yard.
    We've always assumed it's a Swainsons Hawk. We've seen him the past few years, 2-3 weeks at a time, in the late spring, early summer.
    We live in the middle of the city but he doesn't seem to mind, the garter snakes must taste just as good in town.
     
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    I recognize the bird .Its a Texas sparrow . :)
     
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    or the producer....
     
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    Yes, that one is a Swainson's. They are quite common in the Western states but we see them only rarely in the East. They are about the same size as (and somewhat similar to) a red-tail and quite a bit bigger than a Cooper's or sharp-shin.
     
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    we've got chipmunks running around my yard. I don't mind them, they're entertainment for my cat, who is not allowed outside. She can watch them through the sliders on the porch where she favors. We have a large-ish deck that sits on ground level, and the underside of it must be chipmunk "Melrose Place". I'm sure we have at least 3 individuals, and quite possibly more. There's a cement squirrel statue that we've had forever out there, and it is not uncommon to see a chipmunk sitting on the head of the squirrel, scoping things out. I keep expecting to be looking at it someday, and have a hawk swoop down and pick it off. I seem to have a knack for seeing things like that.
     
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