Speaking Of Smart Birds

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by Bones, Jun 17, 2021.

  1. Bones

    Bones Telefied Ad Free Member

    Dec 31, 2005
    Luddite Island, NY
    Or maybe just opportunistic?

    We have a Merlin that stakes out our bird feeders, even though they general prefer hunting in grasslands.

    This past January, I was able to catch it in the act , pretty sure he got one of out Downy Woodpeckers. Kind of a bummer for the woodpecker, they are fun to watch, but when you feed the birds, the birds you feed feed the birds you don't feed.

    Had to shoot through the kitchen window and screen which is why the lower half is a little fuzzy looking.

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  2. uriah1

    uriah1 Telefied Gold Supporter

    Feb 12, 2011
    Ya. We had some baby rabbits and chipmunks picked up recently by a red hawk.
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  3. bgmacaw

    bgmacaw Poster Extraordinaire

    Feb 11, 2006
    Near Athens GA USA
    Young hawks have quite a learning curve to overcome. I've read a lot of them don't make it to a year old because they starve to death or die from injuries sustained in missed attacks. I've seen the young hawks around here dive into the doves and such at our feeders only to come up empty every time. Now, if it's a savvy full adult doing the attack there's just a puff of feathers and the hawk is enjoying a meal.
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  4. Dan German

    Dan German Doctor of Teleocity

    Feb 21, 2008
    Left of the Left Coast
    When I worked at the place where my avatar pic was taken, we had a pair of merlins nesting on the grounds. Lots of opportunity to watch them at work, and I was lucky enough to see one take a bird on the wing. Small, fast, stupendously maneuverable. Also loud as. (Some of my co-workers complained about their screeching—I treated those people with scorn and contempt.)
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