Witness to a killing.

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    Tooty2shoes Hardy Maple

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    I was so sad this morning when I looked out our front window and saw this...

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    Sharp Shinned Hawk attack. ( photo / image / picture from Tooty2shoes's Garden )

    This Sharp Shinned hawk had caught a Hairy woodpecker and was commencing to defeather it right before my eyes. :eek: It wasn't dead. :( I ran for the door figuring maybe I might scare it, and it would leave the woodpecker go. No such luck. As soon as I opened the door it took off with the woodpecker in tow. The little bird was making pitiful peeping sounds. :(
    I know they have to eat also. But not my birds, under the bird feeder. Know wonder the birds have been so jumpy lately when a bigger bird like a bluejay fly's in. They are afraid of becoming a hawk meal. :(
     
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    Two beautiful birds, but a sad day for one.
     
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    eileen Resident Taxonomist Staff Member Moderator Plants Contributor

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    I quite often find our sparrowhawks dining out on one of my birds. My first reaction is just like yours - I want to save the bird that's on the menu. I have to restrain myself though as the hawks need to eat too but it's hard to watch.
     
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    carolyn Strong Ash

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    Tooty, that is sad and its even worse when it is your chicken in the grasp of its claws. :scheming: :smt067 :smt068 :smt066 :smt065 :smt071 Yeah, I know they need to eat, too. BUT not my chickens!
     



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    Donna yes it was very sad.

    Eileen: glad you understand my reaction. I know they do have to eat.

    Carolyn: My thoughts exactly. When I told my mom she said-you should have grabbed your gun. Yah, I would have loved. If only to chase it away. But I do not want to pay a fine for shooting a bird because it wanted something to eat.
     
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    Jerry Sullivan Garden Experimenter Plants Contributor

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    While I have not witnessed such an encounter, the resulting evidence remained on the ground afterward. The last episode was identified by stewbies from the profusion of feathers. I am glad the hawks forage early in the morning before I wake up.

    Jerry
     
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    How horrible to have to watch. I know that it is just nature at work but it's still so sad. I would have tried to save the woodpecker also.
     
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    Jerry I wish I would have still be in bed and not witnessed it.

    2ofus--Yes I agree. :(
     

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