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Sun Nov 18, 2018, 12:25 PM

Just saw a bird of prey swoop down and snatch something off my bird feeder.

It happened so fast I couldn't tell what kind of bird it was - probably a red-tailed hawk, since those are common here - or exactly what it caught (might have been a cardinal). It was startling, though, because the bird feeder isn't far from my window. Living in a city, I don't often see predation in the open.

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Reply Just saw a bird of prey swoop down and snatch something off my bird feeder. (Original post)
The Velveteen Ocelot Nov 2018 OP
Corvo Bianco Nov 2018 #1
Siwsan Nov 2018 #2
Cattledog Nov 2018 #3
calimary Nov 2018 #4
brush Nov 2018 #5
hlthe2b Nov 2018 #6
shanny Nov 2018 #12
hlthe2b Nov 2018 #14
shanny Nov 2018 #15
hlthe2b Nov 2018 #16
shanny Nov 2018 #17
hlthe2b Nov 2018 #19
shanny Nov 2018 #38
handmade34 Nov 2018 #7
Mrs. Overall Nov 2018 #8
The Velveteen Ocelot Nov 2018 #10
shanny Nov 2018 #13
Mrs. Overall Nov 2018 #21
shanny Nov 2018 #22
yardwork Nov 2018 #37
YessirAtsaFact Nov 2018 #9
2naSalit Nov 2018 #11
aikoaiko Nov 2018 #18
KayF Nov 2018 #30
elleng Nov 2018 #20
The Velveteen Ocelot Nov 2018 #23
elleng Nov 2018 #24
Hassin Bin Sober Nov 2018 #25
lastlib Nov 2018 #26
snpsmom Nov 2018 #27
FormerOstrich Nov 2018 #28
Bayard Nov 2018 #31
BluesRunTheGame Nov 2018 #29
Bayard Nov 2018 #32
mnhtnbb Nov 2018 #33
blaze Nov 2018 #34
mitch96 Nov 2018 #35
Iggo Nov 2018 #36

Response to The Velveteen Ocelot (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2018, 12:27 PM

1. Shoot you've got a bird trap

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Response to The Velveteen Ocelot (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2018, 12:29 PM

2. I saw that happen, once. There was a swoop and a POOOFFF of feathers!

Also saw a red tail take out a sea gull, over a frozen lake. Same effect. It was like watching a fireworks.

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Response to The Velveteen Ocelot (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2018, 12:32 PM

3. I've had Red Tailed Hawks sit on the crossbars of my SUV

I'm in Atlanta.

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Response to The Velveteen Ocelot (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2018, 12:36 PM

4. Cool! Birdies!

Love them birdies!

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Response to The Velveteen Ocelot (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2018, 12:38 PM

5. I'm in Vegas and once saw a hawk in my backyard with a captured bird.

The hawk ate everything. All that was left were some feathers.

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Response to The Velveteen Ocelot (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2018, 12:42 PM

6. I live in a big raptor area. Between the red-tailed hawks, prairie falcons and Great Horned owls...

I see this a lot. (as well as the sad signs posted from people looking for their tiny dog or cat)...

The biggest (red-tailed hawks, occasional golden eagle and Great Horned Owl) often leave the remains of rabbits and lots of birds--even ducks on occasion. They can knock a ring-tailed dove out of the air. For quite a while, I thought all the dead birds had succumbed to West Nile Virus, but it seems the raptors are just that efficient.

Cycle of life, I guess...

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Response to hlthe2b (Reply #6)

Sun Nov 18, 2018, 01:08 PM

12. It'd have to be a REALLY tiny dog or cat

 

since the carrying capacity of a bird of prey is less than 1/3 of its own weight. Given golden eagles run 8-12 pounds (do you remember grade school texts showing eagles carrying away babies? I do. What a crock) prairie falcons and red-tails each less than 3, that isn't much. This assumes no remains were found, obviously. In CO I'd bet on coyotes.

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Response to shanny (Reply #12)

Sun Nov 18, 2018, 01:13 PM

14. THe largest red-tailed hawk and Great Horned owls are five pounds-- readily able to kill a yorkie

a young cat or kitten, a rabbit. No, they can't typically carry the grown rabbits off, but eat what they will until someone or something disturbs them and leave the carcus. Thus my comments about seeing the remains of their efforts, quite constantly. I came upon a red-tailed hawk over the carcus of a rabbit just last week.

Do NOT deem to tell me what I know from decades out here. It is YOU who do not know what you are talking about. YOU DO NOT.

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Response to hlthe2b (Reply #14)

Sun Nov 18, 2018, 01:16 PM

15. LOL life-long falconer here, born and raised in CO (7 decades now)

 

and I did specify remains being found did I not.

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Response to shanny (Reply #15)

Sun Nov 18, 2018, 01:18 PM

16. Then I accept YOUR correction and inferred (though it should have been overt) apology for your error

and rudeness. I REHAB them!

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Response to hlthe2b (Reply #16)

Sun Nov 18, 2018, 01:26 PM

17. my rudeness? look in the mirror.

 

btw the speaker "implies", the listener "infers" and no, I do not apologize.

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Response to shanny (Reply #17)

Sun Nov 18, 2018, 01:28 PM

19. You were wrong and you know it.

But, have a nice day... Perhaps you might read up on raptors, as it seems you NEED to.

7 decades as you claim, but seemingly learned nothing.

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Response to hlthe2b (Reply #19)

Mon Nov 19, 2018, 02:00 PM

38. one would almost think you didn't actually read what I wrote.

 

ciao baby

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Response to The Velveteen Ocelot (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2018, 12:42 PM

7. the hawks were

going after my chickens... I put chimes and tinsel in the chicken yard and it has stopped them...

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Response to The Velveteen Ocelot (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2018, 12:47 PM

8. Do you have sharp-shinned hawks in your area (sharpies)--

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They are notorious for staking out bird feeders and very quickly swooping in and grabbing small birds. They will also kill chipmunks and small squirrels. They are smaller than a red-tailed hawk.

I had a sharpie that would position itself on a branch near my bird feeder and it would pick off chickadees and juncos, and occasionally it would kill chipmunks that were foraging the seeds below the feeder. Its speed was amazing.





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Response to Mrs. Overall (Reply #8)

Sun Nov 18, 2018, 12:54 PM

10. We have them here (Minnesota) but they tend to migrate south in the fall.

Whatever this was, it was pretty big so more likely a red-tail. Wish I could have seen more of it before it flew off.

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Response to Mrs. Overall (Reply #8)

Sun Nov 18, 2018, 01:12 PM

13. fwiw that is a merlin, not a sharpie

 

dark eyes (not yellow or red), much broader in the chest and shoulders, and with a shorter tail

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Response to shanny (Reply #13)

Sun Nov 18, 2018, 01:38 PM

21. Oops--thank you. I grabbed the wrong image. Just changed it.

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Response to Mrs. Overall (Reply #21)

Sun Nov 18, 2018, 01:38 PM

22. no problem

 

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Response to Mrs. Overall (Reply #8)

Sun Nov 18, 2018, 10:25 PM

37. Aha! That's what I saw on the fence near my feeder the other day.

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Response to The Velveteen Ocelot (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2018, 12:50 PM

9. We had a pair of red shouldered hawks breed in a wooded strip by our yard

In Glen Allen, VA

The voles that used to eat the roots of all my flowers and generally wreak havoc on my garden have all but disappeared since they moved in.

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Response to The Velveteen Ocelot (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2018, 01:06 PM

11. That happened at my place once

when I lived at roughly 5K ft elevation and it was +5F outside. It caught a sparrow and then flew up to a limb in a tree right in plain view so I could watch and identify. Turns out it was a Cooper's hawk, they hunt much like sharped shinned but are much larger. The hawk at my yard devoured that little bird nearly completely as I found one drop of blood and one feather in the snow afterward.

If it looked a lot like a sharp shinned but was too big, could have been one of those.

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Response to The Velveteen Ocelot (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2018, 01:27 PM

18. Well it is a bird feeder.


Birds of prey have to eat, too.

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Response to aikoaiko (Reply #18)

Sun Nov 18, 2018, 03:55 PM

30. +1

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Response to The Velveteen Ocelot (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2018, 01:30 PM

20. WOW!

I've never seen predation, I think, and haven't got pics of hawks yet (this year.) Have caught bald eagles. I'm NOT in the city.

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Response to elleng (Reply #20)

Sun Nov 18, 2018, 01:46 PM

23. We see bald eagles often around here, anywhere there's water.

I often see them flying slowly over the Mississippi River, looking for prey (or dead fish). I did see one circling high over my neighborhood once; I'm not far from a couple of lakes (you're never far from lakes in this town). The bird that came to my bird feeder wasn't an eagle, though. That would have been a major freak-out. I've seen kestrels, too, but they are quite small.

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Response to The Velveteen Ocelot (Reply #23)

Sun Nov 18, 2018, 01:59 PM

24. I'm on a river, see hawks and eagles 'regularly,'

and have an osprey nest next door. Haven't yet learned to distinguish among varieties of hawk or falcons, tho my MD birder friends know it all!

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Response to The Velveteen Ocelot (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2018, 02:01 PM

25. I once sa a pigeon bounce off my office window glass.

A hawk swooped down and snatched it up and ate it on top of a parking lot light.

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Response to Hassin Bin Sober (Reply #25)

Sun Nov 18, 2018, 02:15 PM

26. I once saw a WILD TURKEY fly into our office window!

In downtown Kansas City! WHAM!! The whole office could hear it! It fell two stories into our parking garage, and security guards had to go down and "protect" it until cops & game wardens could get there to take charge of it.

I could see a hawk or a dove flying into a window there-- but a freakin' TURKEY??!? I still scratch my head at that.

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Response to The Velveteen Ocelot (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2018, 02:18 PM

27. Hawks have been taking our layers

pretty regularly this year. I blame the useless rooster. Unlike the roosters we've had in the past, he didn't know his business. Of course, he was the first to go.

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Response to The Velveteen Ocelot (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2018, 02:28 PM

28. I was golfing with my sweetie

one day and heard a THUD. I looked over to him and saw a huge bald eagle swooping away from him.

I'm all excited and saying look at that eagle. Sweetie says "Yes, he just dropped a headless fish on me". Sure enough there on the 9th inches from honey there is a headless fish. Those things go THUD.

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Response to FormerOstrich (Reply #28)

Sun Nov 18, 2018, 04:29 PM

31. That one made me LOL!

"dropped a headless fish on me".

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Response to The Velveteen Ocelot (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2018, 03:43 PM

29. Saw a magpie catch and kill a mouse in a busy intersection.

The mouse was running back and forth and under moving vehicles to get away but the magpie was able to keep track without getting run over. Magpies don't have talons so it had to pounce on and kill the mouse before carrying it away in it's bill.

I've also seen a bald eagle catch a pintail duck and watched an osprey plunge into a lake and come up with a fish.

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Response to The Velveteen Ocelot (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2018, 04:35 PM

32. When I lived in Calif.

I had a 40 acre farm down the road from national parks, about 2,000 foot elevation. Tons of wildlife.

Saw hawk zoom down and pick up a snake in the driveway, and fly off with it writhing in the air. Used to have a couple of Red Tails that nested in a live oak in a field next to the house for several years. When they were teaching the babies to fly, they would bounce along in my flower garden.

In that same oak tree, once had a pair of male bobcats get in a big fight in the top of it. Much caterwauling!

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Response to The Velveteen Ocelot (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2018, 05:07 PM

33. Years ago I was sitting at my desk

on the 3rd floor of our house in Chapel Hill and saw a hawk fly by with a squirrel in it's talons. Shocked me. House was on a wooded hillside near UNC campus. Over the years I'd seen lots of deer, owls, Hawks, turkey vultues, even a coyote and fox. But I'd never seen a bird flying right past my window with another creature in its beak.

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Response to The Velveteen Ocelot (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2018, 05:27 PM

34. Once had a juvie cooper's hawk

in my birdbath! By the time I grabbed my camera, he had hopped up to my fence. I got this one shot thru the front door glass.

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Response to blaze (Reply #34)

Sun Nov 18, 2018, 06:50 PM

35. I have a few coopers hawks in my neighborhood

And loads of parrots.. I would walk to work in the early morning and see them flying thru the trees or munching on mice. One time I saw a cooper chasing a bird thru the trees and it was exciting!! It was like a WW2 dog fight. Swooping and dodging, up and down. Really neat.
I just love 'em.. I can always tell when a cooper is in the area by the loud grating cak-cak-cak
call..
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Response to The Velveteen Ocelot (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2018, 08:59 PM

36. "Bird feeder" is right.

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