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donk

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That is what you get for having a punt dog and not keeping it on a leash.

I used to wear a white cycling helmet and I was attacked by a hawk. It hit me in the back of the helmet so hard that it knocked me off of my bike and out for about 30 seconds. My helmet had claw prints in the styrofoam from its talons.
 

Cardinal

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I don't see a need to stop the program just because of a single incident. I like the thought of using natural predators to keep the pidgeon population at bay.
 

Tom R

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I have heard of Redtailed Hawks attacking dogs as big as german shepards, especially when times are tough like a drought. Cats dissappeared too.
 

nerudite

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No lie: I saw a bald eagle take off with a toy poodle once when I was living on Whidbey Island. It was awesome (mostly because the dog was always chasing the wheels of my car, so I was glad that something else killed it besides me). But that's what happens when fish is scarce for the season and people let their little dogs run around unsupervised. I had an eagle start diving for my cat once (during that same spring), but it got away in the nick of time.

When I was a kid we had a bunch of lhasa apso puppies, and we almost lost one to a turkey vulture. He had just landed and was edging closer (presumably to pick at it) when we shooed it off. It was probably about four feet away from the puppy (which was only a few weeks old) when we got to it.
 

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I took Maggie for a walk this week in our usual place and heard a strange noise. I thought it was a seagull blown a little off course (we have had big rain and wind for the last few days). But just as I came around the next turn - a hawk (I think...redtail, I think) was flying towards me - about 4 feet off the ground - with Maggie running after it. The hawk landed in the tree above me and I called Maggie over - snapped her lead on and walked out. They had come from around a bend so I am still curious about what might have been there - but not that curious.
 

Duke Of Dystopia

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The doves and pigeons in Green Bay have been dissappearing. The Hawk population is coming back with a vengence now that DDT is leaving the environment. When driving on the highways, you will see them sitting on the fence posts. Highways are great habitat for the hawks to hunt in.
 

michaelskis

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I was traumatized as a child. *Ok stop laughing. I was sitting on the back deck at my parent’s house one day, and we had noticed a litter of bunnies in our garden a few days earlier. Well, I see this large bird (I think it might have just been a crow or something) swoop down, and grab one of the bunnies. The screaming noise was horrific.

I went inside got a b.b. gun, and took the bird down.
 

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About four years ago I was driving down I-26 to Charleston when a large hawk swooped down in front of the car into the median and went straight up into the air with a rabbit. I was amazing to see how fast they can move, considering that I was doing 70mph and saw the whole thing.
 

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akron

Like a lot of cities, Akron has Peregrine Falcons nesting on one of the higher buildings down town. I've seen them swoop down main street screeching. Very cool, and it seems that all the flying rats have some place else they want to be at the time. A co-worker saw one of them take a pigeon. I haven't been so fortunate.

One of the licensed eagle watchers near Kent told this to the local papers. He was observing the eagles one day when a Red Tail came swooping down to harass it or scare it away. He said that the eagle just rolled over and grabbed the hawk and flew with it back to its nest. Lunch delivered!
 

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Re: akron

Tom R said:
One of the licensed eagle watchers near Kent told this to the local papers. He was observing the eagles one day when a Red Tail came swooping down to harass it or scare it away. He said that the eagle just rolled over and grabbed the hawk and flew with it back to its nest. Lunch delivered!
Heh heh. I like redtails, but you just don't mess with an eagle. Watching them fish on the Mississippi or Wisconsin Rivers is a great way to spend a winters day. I shot this one a couple years ago, it is the closest to a catch that I have managed.
 

michaelskis

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I was working at Marquette Mountain Ski Area during the winters in college, and we would see eagles on a regular basis in the early morning hours. It was amazing to see these massive birds, sitting on trees covered with a glaze of ice and snow.
 

Tom R

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birds

Ospreys are fun to watch too and they're more common around here.
 

donk

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The ospreys down by my parents are hilarious to watch, especially right now when this springs kids are nearly grown. The mother and her 2-3 chicks barely fit into the nest, the kids just have feathers and don't really fly so well and are always falling out and sitting on the ground crying to get momma's help to get back into the nest.
 

Tom R

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osprey

donk said:
The ospreys down by my parents are hilarious to watch, especially right now when this springs kids are nearly grown. The mother and her 2-3 chicks barely fit into the nest, the kids just have feathers and don't really fly so well and are always falling out and sitting on the ground crying to get momma's help to get back into the nest.
Sounds like my sister's kids.
 

BKM

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Was riding my bicycle down the road out by one of the sloughs in the Suisun Marsh and saw an osprey grab a fish right out of the water. Pretty cool!
 
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