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PostSubject: Grey Squirrel for dinner...   May 22nd 2017, 7:55 am

I watched this Red Tail Hawk snag his dinner yesterday right off my neighbor's bird feeder.

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PostSubject: Re: Grey Squirrel for dinner...   July 28th 2017, 4:13 pm

I read your title and thought you were talking about your state senator....  Nuts thought you got rid of another tree hugger ...... Rolling Eyes

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PostSubject: Re: Grey Squirrel for dinner...   July 29th 2017, 9:07 am

Marty you don't see squirrels getting nabbed every day. 

I seen a Red-Tailed Hawk carrying a ruffed grouse that he just caught on the side of the road once.

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PostSubject: Re: Grey Squirrel for dinner...   July 29th 2017, 12:06 pm

@Smokin' Joe wrote:
Marty you don't see squirrels getting nabbed every day. 

I seen a Red-Tailed Hawk carrying a ruffed grouse that he just caught on the side of the road once.
I've seen hawks swoopin'-down on prey from a distance...but never within 25 feet of myself!  It was so  Cool.   The hawk ripped the squirrel right-off the bird feeder and tumbled to the ground with it.  My neighbor's yard was big enough for it to get a good take-off to the roof shown.
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PostSubject: Re: Grey Squirrel for dinner...   July 29th 2017, 12:25 pm

I wounded a dove once and while I walked up to it, it took off but flew weakly. A kestrel swooped down and snatched it. I chased the both of them and the kestrel dropped it so I got the dove back.

I was surprised that the kestrel could even pick it up much less fly with it. He only got about 8 feet off the ground.

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PostSubject: Re: Grey Squirrel for dinner...   July 29th 2017, 1:24 pm

While I was bush hogging last year, I spooked a baby rabbit. Before I could say "Run, Boy, run!!" a hawk swooped down, grabbed him, and was gone. 10 - 12 feet away.      No pics.

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PostSubject: Re: Grey Squirrel for dinner...   July 29th 2017, 2:07 pm

My wife is now feeding a mother red fox and two of her three kids (the third one disappeared). The little ones with mom have taken up residence under our patio, talk about an animal making noises WOW. Like human kids, they never stop talking .....  Smile   Shocked

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PostSubject: Re: Grey Squirrel for dinner...   July 29th 2017, 2:20 pm

Believe it or not, foxes are protected in Fla. ... even red foxes that aren't even native to the state. No hunting at no time. Gray foxes are cool and semi-tame. We had a female years ago that would come to the end of our entrance walk and bark (odd noise) until someone walked to the screen door and looked at her. After that acknowledgement she would proceed to the cow tank and take a drink. It was like she was asking permission to take a drink.
She had a litter under the roots of a huge live oak about 50 yards away.

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PostSubject: Re: Grey Squirrel for dinner...   July 29th 2017, 4:40 pm

This fox we have had her babies under the back porch, needless to say we have a larger family with the outdoor cat that just excepts them and them him. Life is good. Laughing

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PostSubject: Re: Grey Squirrel for dinner...   July 29th 2017, 6:47 pm

Many is the time I've whacked a snowshoe hare and lost it to a goshawk before I could get to it. We had one that actually followed us every time we went into one particular area.  Seemed as though the local "rule" was to shoot one for her before we could go on to collecting some for the trip home.

But the title of this thread reminded me of a fond memory. Years ago in a state far away, quail, squirrel and grouse seasons opened a week before early deer season. We'd head for camp a few days early and being careful to stay out of the area we planned to deer hunt, we'd spend a couple of days on the smaller game. Night before the deer opening it was traditional to make a big ole mixed bag stew in my giant dutch oven.  Don't recall there ever being any leftovers, no matter how many or how few guys we had in camp. Yum.
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PostSubject: Re: Grey Squirrel for dinner...   July 29th 2017, 8:05 pm

Nice memory, BB

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PostSubject: Re: Grey Squirrel for dinner...   July 30th 2017, 6:47 am

@conner wrote:
My wife is now feeding a mother red fox and two of her three kids (the third one disappeared). The little ones with mom have taken up residence under our patio, talk about an animal making noises WOW. Like human kids, they never stop talking .....  Smile   Shocked
Do the young come out from under your porch in daylight when you are present Question

I have a resident fox that visits my yard all the time...but only ever see it on my cam at night.
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PostSubject: Re: Grey Squirrel for dinner...   July 30th 2017, 7:01 am

@JLBSparks wrote:
While I was bush hogging last year, I spooked a baby rabbit. Before I could say "Run, Boy, run!!" a hawk swooped down, grabbed him, and was gone. 10 - 12 feet away.      No pics.

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No time for pics with that one.  Just like BrownBear's "rule", it's amazing how nature takes advantage of us... it was grab-n-go for that hawk! Laughing
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PostSubject: Re: Grey Squirrel for dinner...   July 30th 2017, 7:06 am

Marty,

Yes, Once we get unpacked and moved into our new home I'll put up some pictures of the wife working in a flowerbed with a fox within 5 feet watching what she was doing. Another picture shows mom and the two kids (now full grown) sleeping under and around one of the pine trees in the backyard at noon. The two young ones leave for several days then return, told the wife they will soon leave for good and start their own families.


Between the three foxes and the outdoor cat together must drink a couple gallons of water a day, we keep several containers in the shape with fresh water refilled a couple time a day.

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PostSubject: Re: Grey Squirrel for dinner...   July 30th 2017, 9:15 am

@Marty wrote:
@JLBSparks wrote:
While I was bush hogging last year, I spooked a baby rabbit. Before I could say "Run, Boy, run!!" a hawk swooped down, grabbed him, and was gone. 10 - 12 feet away.      No pics.

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No time for pics with that one.  Just like BrownBear's "rule", it's amazing how nature takes advantage of us... it was grab-n-go for that hawk! Laughing


Marty, I kinda felt bad for causing that little guy's demise.

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PostSubject: Re: Grey Squirrel for dinner...   July 30th 2017, 10:00 am

A friend had good luck last year in Pennsylvania with his squirrel hunting.




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PostSubject: Re: Grey Squirrel for dinner...   July 30th 2017, 1:10 pm

Nice squirrel haul... with a smoker non-the-less. :rtup

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